Water Talkers

Bath Sticky

Use our new bath sticker to help you and your household visualise how much water different activities use. Designed like a ruler that you fix vertically in your bath, you can easily see different amounts. As the bath fills see how many showers, cups of tea, clothes washes or car washes you’re using!

edited on Mar 31, 2015 by Chloe Booker

Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

I understand this concept.... just not so keen for my household. I like the clean lines of my bathroom. For those with children, I can understand that this could make the aspect of saving water and seeing how much we use with regards to water fun, enjoyable and a family activity.

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Louis Allen Mar 31, 2015

A sticker or chart would be great in certain areas around the house

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anita lewis Mar 31, 2015

Would definitely use this in the boys bath but agree that probably not so good for households without kids

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

I wonder if we could also consider a measuring stick!! Could be a laminated piece of card... doesn't have to be expensive. Something that could provide the same information, but doesn't have to be stuck to the bath?

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

i.e. it could be put in the water or dipped in the bath to provide the same information.

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Jim Samme Mar 31, 2015

I seem to have this on the side of my kettle, and I do use it because I save on water, time and energy. Oh, and it saves me money on every bill.

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

I have one on the side of my kettle too, but I ignore it as its always steamed up!!

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

Actually, moving on to the point of being steamed up.... I'm half blind! I wear glasses, but I take these off in the bathroom - any sticky would have to be very obvious for some people who are like me... so again, that may put some off. Definitely feel sticker option is more preferable for famililes

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Katie100 Mar 31, 2015

my slight worry would be how do you properly clean the bath with a sticker stuck on it? it would get tatty v quick, and I bet it would be hard to completely remove without solvent of some sort because it's got to be waterproof. I like the idea of a bath dipstick, or a bath dangler you hang over the edge  same deal without the inevitable mess and annoyance.

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

Yes, good point about bath cleaning!!! I think the measuring stick, dipstick would be better... Still can have pretty pictures on it.

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Katie100 Apr 1, 2015

you could issue stickers that stuck onto the dipstick - so you could ring the changes with different measurements maybe?

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

if that happened, kids could get really involved as i am sure they would love to apply the stickers. If more than 1 child, probably need a dipstick and set of stickers each.

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Katie100 Apr 2, 2015

Now I'm liking this idea!

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Janet Bradley Apr 2, 2015

At bath time children can cross swords with their dipsticks measurers!!

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mark burns Mar 31, 2015

i think its a good idea, maybe you could use one like you get on a fishtank, the ones that show the temp of the water, with the colours on it ?but this one would show amounts instead ?

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Steph Meachen Apr 1, 2015

Thats a great idea to use with children to help them understand the usage.

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Mary O'Connor Apr 1, 2015

I think that's a great idea for people of all ages. It is always hard to visualise how much water different activities use.

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George Richardson Apr 3, 2015

Stickers some would love especially kids,some would hate for being unsightly and soon getting tatty with constant need for replacement,most people wouldn't give a tinkers cuss.Dipsticks would have to be manually handled or somehow fixed,could break,or as aster1x said used for sword fights,or steam up,some again would love  or hate or not bother    I know i am acting Devil's Advocate,but are not all these measures tinkering at the edges,fleeting fancies nothing permanent.===========So i make no apologies for going back to one simple measure i proposed days ago, which after all the fads have been discarded,would take over. ALL new baths manufactured,on the tap end or side,has a plimsoll line permanently there showing every 5 or ten litres of fill so you know exactly how much water you are using.

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

I would not have such a bath with a plimsoll line, sorry. dipsticks with stickers would be fun for kids... Playing swords with them is a positive game.... Not something negative. They don't have to be expensive... Thin plastic or laminated card. Children learn through stickers... A child adding stickers to the dipstick will make it a fun and positive experience for families. Learning through play.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

Stickers would be good to put on water bottles spreading the message everywhere.

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

But the water bottle isn't in the bathroom telling you how many wetts you have consumed in filling your bath. stickers need to be everywhere when it comes to children.... as a child I had a wall of stickers... So it's finding a way of getting children to use the stickers to learn.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

Have them do a collage of stickers for their bedrooms,they will learn a lot while working out the best positions and layout fot different themes.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

I do not want anything anywhere telling me how many wetts i have used or not. I have met too many wets through life without having to be reminded of them however you choose to spell it. The fewer wetts,wets,the better.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

If for the sake of the nation new baths had to have a plimsoll line then that is what would be accepted. Of course if you did not replace your bath,which is not an every day occurence,then you would not have one.

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

I will import a bath from another country if necessary... Ugliness has no place in my bath. Sorry. 

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

This concept only works for baths... This is not the major water usage... I like the ideas of stickers and I like the idea of children learning through them... The stickers and something to put them on would make a great giveaway to children when the poo bus visits their school.

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Katie100 Apr 7, 2015

OK - attempt at summary of comments on this post so far - you meddle with people's bathroom aesthetic at your peril, people spend good money getting their bathrooms to be a streamlined haven, whether kids are involved or not. However the idea of something collectible and fun for kids and something that teaches water volume using the volume of water in the bath tub would be welcome and popular.  There are kids fun 'stickers' available that stick to wet baths and tiles (but not permanently), or some kind of dipstick, or hanging over the side of the bath, that you can apply stickers to, so you can have changing stickers.

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Janet Bradley Apr 7, 2015

Good summary... and the essential is that children get stickers and learn from using them.

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Murray S Apr 8, 2015

i think the aesthetic argument is a little weak - there will always be one internal wall of your bath that you can not see unless you are in it. And if it really was an issue, the developers of any product could make them in all sorts of shapes and sizes and colour schemes to suit any number of tastes.

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Murray S Apr 8, 2015

worrying about whether a sticky will get tatty or not is missing the point - i think we can safely assume that any product would be more robust and resistant to water than any sticker you might get at a sports day / for donating to charity.

I think it's a brilliant idea to help any age of person visualise how much water they are using, and  certainly a fun idea for kids. What if the sticker was water soluble over time (and completely disappeared after 10 baths = 100 car washes for example) or changed in some manner when it got wet? ie Green and happy if the water level is below it, or Red and angry if the water level is above it.

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Kate Humpho Apr 8, 2015

A sticker in the bath is a good idea, for kids. Speaking as an adult with a water meter, I feel bad enough running a bath knowing I am paying for every drop, so it would kind of kill the indulgence for me!

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Christine Case-Leng Apr 10, 2015

I have always been very conscious of how much water I use, and this has been enhanced by the fact that I have a water meter. Its a great idea to encourage children to be conscious of water usage, but I do think that would quickly become immune to the effect of the stickers!

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Janet Bradley Apr 10, 2015

To keep kids interested in stickers they need to have different ones to collect.. sticker books which show what they need to collect is particularly ideal.... it may be that children have to visit the local sewage plant to get a particular sticker... another sticker can only be got from the poo bus.. etc. But keep them collectable and interest is often maintained.

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George Richardson Apr 10, 2015

I am sure you are correct Christine about stickers,a few years ago for weeks kids were spending all their pocket money,a lot of time chasing ,swapping and whatever it took to get a full set and the almost impossible few.  Then Zilch they fell of the radar.So stickers in the bath would have a very short impact time,and would they educate the true culprits,the adults,many who do not have children.

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George Richardson Apr 10, 2015

Pokemon as explained did not work,but cost kids time and effort.although not having to arrange works visits,or wait for a bus that may never arrive at their stop.

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