Water: A Few Facts
- If you brush your teeth for the recommended 2 minutes a time and you leave the tap running for all of that two minutes you will have wasted around 15 litres of water before you wash your brush out. A hose running for an hour is going to use around 450 litres of water. That’s around 4.5 baths worth of water
- You will save a considerable amount of water if you water using a watering can early in the morning or else in the cooler evening period. If the water used at these times comes from a water butt, that’s even cooler.
- In the UK 4-5 billion litres of water is flushed down the toilet each day.
- One dripping tap can use at least 5,500 litres of water a year which in turn will cost the average family around £20 per year.
- Only 3% of drinking water is actually drunk.
- In the western world we use around 8.5 times more water than my grandparents did.
- The average cost of a litre of tap water is 0.01pence. A litre of bottled water averages out at around 65pence. In some places it can cost over £3-00 per litre. Around 2.5 times the cost of a litre of petrol. If you then work out the cost if the average person drinks their 3-4 litres per day. Then think about the plastic waste.
- Then we come to the perennial debate regarding the cost of washing dishes by hand or washing them in a dishwasher. Washing up by hand rinsing the dishes under running water uses around 150 litres of water. A modern dishwasher uses around 15 litres. However there is also the matter of the cost of the electricity of running the dishwasher.
- A bath uses up to 100 litres of water, a shower uses around a third of that.