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Calculate Your Wetts

Just like watts measure electricity, wetts measure water! One wett is equivalent to the average UK consumer's daily usage – 150 litres. Use our new hand-held wett calculator to help find out how much you're using. Did you know that a bath uses half a wett but a dishwasher only 0.1 wetts and the average washing machine uses 1 wett? With the new wett calculator it’s now super easy to compare your consumption with the average. Get calculating!

edited on Mar 31, 2015 by David Simoes-Brown

Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

Very interesting concept to create a new unit of measurement.

I mentioned in a previous stream that we are at a disadvantage in the UK - we have been completely confused by metrification... we are supposed to use metric measures, but we want to use miles for measuring distances in cars, but centimetres for measuring cloth, we want to put litres of fuel in our cars, but we want to work out the fuel consumption in gallons, plus we buy milk and beer in pints, but buy soft drinks by the litre.... I spend my life confused by the whole process - I grew up in what was supposed to be a metric society... but what is metric? What is a litre, what is a gallon? We have to keep getting calculators out to work it out!

So current measurements are difficult! So a new concept is a brave and interesting idea.

For the new measurement of wett to work I like the fact it's comparing it to the average... for a bath to be half a wett, would like to know at what point in the bath is that going to - to the rim?

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Eirlys Evans Apr 5, 2015

Hi astr1x

If you grew up in the metric age and find it confusing, think about us oldies who were taught in Imperial measures. We learned about rods and perches, as well as furlongs and fathoms.   That system of measurements should have been complicated, yet on reflection it seemed much easier to learn. That could have been because 60 years ago my brain was sharper, or perhaps it is because measurements are jumbled up nowadays.  We children did have one useful tool in that our exercise books had tables of all the different measurements.  It is frustrating sometimes calculating litres into more meaningful pints and gallons. Kilos and metres are also measurements that I translate into pints and pounds. There needs to be a moritorium into using, just one set of measurements, either, Imperial or Metric, it is the duel usages of these terms that lead to confusion. As usual it all comes down to money, they should have taken this into account before foisting metric on us. The decades since the change should have been long enough for all road signs to have been changed.

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Janet Bradley Apr 10, 2015

Yes, I agree Snowdrop - it makes it hard for young and old alike... which is why a new measurement of a Wett could be great.... I could have it converted to a metric measurement... or something that I understood, and you could have it convertible to gallons, etc.

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Louis Allen Mar 31, 2015

thats a great idea would be good for to calculate different measeurements

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Jim Samme Mar 31, 2015

Now are we considering taking the measurement in a full bath of average size, or a full bath with an average person in situ displacing the water? As baths and people have many variations so does the water density. 

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

I have wondered if a bath is a set measurement?

Aren't baths of different sizes?

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

Bath sizes can be of various sizes, generalisation is as follows:

Standard Bath Size in UK is 1700mm long x 700mm wide

Small bath – 1400mm bath, 1500mm bath

Compact bath – 1200mm bath, 1300mm bath

Large bath – 1800mm bath and upwards

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

So, we need to have these measured in Wetts - is a standard bath 0.5 Wetts?

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Chloe Booker Mar 31, 2015

Yup! The average bath is about 80 litres filled up, so it's about half a Wett if not quite to the brim. 

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David Simoes-Brown Apr 10, 2015

wow thanks are you in the plumbing trade?!

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Janet Bradley Apr 10, 2015

nope... I just know loads of plumbers

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mark burns Mar 31, 2015

id try one of these, would be very interesting to actually work it out 

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Steph Meachen Apr 1, 2015

Love it.

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

If an average person uses on average 150 litres, I really would like to know how the powers that be break that down.... i.e. How many of those litres used in washing yourself, how many in using the toilet, etc.... That way I could then see where I could make the best saving in my daily usage.

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David Simoes-Brown Apr 10, 2015

Hi aster1x here is the way that they calculate it in Cambridge anyway.  http://www.cambridge-water.co.uk/customers/ho...ater-do-you-use   Looks like an amalgam of baths/showers/washing and the dishes.  So it must be a crude average I guess.  

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Janet Bradley Apr 10, 2015

ah brilliant, thank you... will study this

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George Richardson Apr 3, 2015

aster1x you are correct that baths come in many different sizes,and averages are just that and are pretty meaningless. A new measure do you really think the great British public is ready for that. i can't see them accepting another concept for measurement,they struggle to conceive what we already have.

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

Public are confused because we have yet to accept the metric system...in our forum no one has managed to come up with a concept of measurement that is acceptable to all... So maybe a new measurement which can be expressed in baths, litires, gallons etc, will help.

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Jim Samme Apr 4, 2015

Looking around my home, I think the humble mug provides a measure that is a standard size and easily recognised. Also a bottle of water is a visible measure we are all used to seeing....

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

i have looked in my cupboard... Mugs are all different sizes... Bottles of water in 750ml and 500ml... 

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

I have been thinking about this.... Most bottled water is 500ml... So you are right... It is a good standard... That and wine bottles.

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David Simoes-Brown Apr 10, 2015

hello again!  I think the interesting thing about Wetts is that it is based on an average person so it instantly compared ones own usage to others.  This avoids confusion about actual volumetric measures and just tells you whether you are more or less than the average. Of course it would also change over time so that if we use less the measure might go down to say 120 litres.  

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George Richardson Apr 3, 2015

I fear this idea will be still born,especially if the really clever click meter takes off.

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anita lewis Apr 3, 2015

Cant decide on this one.think it might help make bills more understandable in terms of relating it to the water used in different ways which would help you think of where you might want to cut down usage.on other hand might make things more confusing.

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

I would like to know what the average use per household is per activity, so I know where best to cut down.

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David Simoes-Brown Apr 10, 2015

thanks Bambi.  I think if I got a bill saying my household use on average 6 wetts a day (there are just four of us) I would look at ways of cutting down rather a six figures meter reading and a big bill! 

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Janet Bradley Apr 10, 2015

That is true... should be easier to see if its according to the average personal usage and easier to identify if something is wrong...

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

Bambi,just cut down on everything. Every time you use water just pause and think how can i use a little less ,even for the kids baths,or perhaps bath.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

Nothing seems standardised in size since metrification. Life used to be so much simpler.

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

Public should just go metric and be done with it... This pussyfooting around has been ridiculous.

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Eirlys Evans Apr 5, 2015

True, oh so true

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

ChloeB, half a wett nearly to the brim, I hope you a waterproof floor.Hee Hee!

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

We in this country have always pussyfooted about,On joining the Common  Market, the continents measurement was of course metric as were their products.So to be participants we had to adopt the commonly used system.Of course previously most of our trade and for all time since has been with the U.S.A. and the commonwealth where imperial measure was and in some cases still is used.then the mney had to be decimilised at huge cost, then all the tills etc where the government defrayed the cost to the owners.The big oil companies gradually replaced forecourts with new pumps selling litres not gallons.,as of course water followed.  The big stumbling block then and ever since was miles against kilometres. The huge cost of changing every road sign in the British Isles,cars with huge exports etc. was and still is too great to contemplate.so confusion reigns.

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Eirlys Evans Apr 5, 2015

Very true George. We were fooled into changing to metric system by polititions who were were blinkered by the lure of the Common Market.  We had used our system of measurement s for hundreds of years and it worked well.

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

Bang on as usual snowdrop,but at least we have the Beauty of knowing a proper system not this can't count past european rubbish.

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Jim Samme Apr 5, 2015

Well, the Romans introduced the 'Mile' so we can blame the Europeans for that too?

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

For some of us who have been brought up to understand the metric system... we would like to transfer to being completely metric... whatever the cost!

Imperial measurements are very odd at times!

Wett measurements can also be simple and can also be fun.... an online wett conversion table to all things such as wine bottles... oxo cubes etc, could keep us amused and by humour explain our water usage to ourselves!

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

Now you are moving this idea forward ,even convincing me that it has merit. Remembering of course that many thousands are not on line so alternative transfer methods for information have to be supplied.

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

Of course.... I know you will remember log tables... made maths lessons so fun (not!)... anyway.. little books with conversion choices could be made available I'm sure... with ample spaces for stickers! Oxo could sponsor a page... as could Kumala wine etc!

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

I really am more modern than i pretend,but for many reasons know of many who are not A book on conversions would be good,but must be a guide book for fools. Then everyone would have the chance to understand. I know it may sound silly,but so many things are done by those who know and really do take it for granted that because it comes easy for them,it's the same for everyone  it isn't                                                      I do remember log books and slide rules all good in there day. It is truly amazing the maths that can be done on an Abacus.

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Katie100 Apr 7, 2015

I'm not clear how everyone feels about the Wett.  If it is an average it isn't a standard measurement surely? If the average gets less over time, the Wett will too, likewise if people use more and more the Wett will go up. If the Wett was a constant amount that we can all agree we can live perfectly well on, (150 litres, could be) but that won't cause water companies problems if Everyone uses that much - then I'm in favour. I'm giving a vote up on that basis.

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Janet Bradley Apr 7, 2015

The Wett would have to remain a standard measurement - an agreed measurement.... I am keen to have it convertible to any measurement that you as an individual can visualise.

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George Richardson Apr 7, 2015

I Like this idea and would love to see it happen Thumbs up from me.

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anita lewis Apr 7, 2015

I suppose it is useful to see how close your daily use is to the daily average (1 wett) to see if you need to make big or small changes to your use.use.might give some people a big shock and others a nice surprise.this will encourage you to look at changes if you are interested or keep up the good work if you are on track.

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Janet Bradley Apr 7, 2015

Difficult to know what your Wett usage is if you don't have a water meter...

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Jim Samme Apr 7, 2015

I think we all need to decide what constitutes a 'wett'. Until it is a recognised measure, we are going round in circles.

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Janet Bradley Apr 8, 2015

I thought a Wett was going to be 150 litres.

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George Richardson Apr 7, 2015

All i have to contribute is ,Out with Wetts.

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Kate Humpho Apr 8, 2015

I am a bit baffled by this concept, hand held wett calculator, sounds a bit daft.  Where would you use this? If it's a giveaway thing, it's a bit of a waste of resources isnt it? Web site Or app As an alternative?

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Eirlys Evans Apr 10, 2015

The idea of  an App on my tablet sounds interesting, but still not sure about the Wett.  I think that if it was used in conjunction with both imperial and metric measures would be confusing.  I think that there have been some creative ideas about the measurement of water and it's usage. I hope that something positive will come from this forum. You have all been a wonderful group of people and I've been happy taking part in t.his forum.

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George Richardson Apr 10, 2015

 I go along wth those sentiments 100%. The forum has been a pleasurable experience and has brought some coming together of people with varying ideas in a friendly and constructive manner,under a friendly and guiding team.   Thank you ChloeB,Giina and KatieW.    Hope to see you representing us in lobbying the industry,and hopefully a newly awakened Government.

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