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News Centre > Friday 20 May 2022

Guernsey Water shares tips for Water Saving Week

Water saving

Guernsey Water is once again supporting Water Saving Week (23rd - 27th May 2022) providing even more ways to save water.

Water Saving Week is run by Waterwise, a not-for-profit NGO focussed on encouraging everyone to use water wisely, helping communities and wildlife to thrive. Climate change and the extreme weather that comes with it means that water supplies are continuing to be unpredictable.

Margaret McGuinness, Water Quality Risk Manager at Guernsey Water, said: "Just a few simple steps can really help to make a big difference and contribute towards saving water across the Island. Reducing wasted water not only saves money but can make a big difference to the environment too."

The utility has shared helpful, everyday tips to help Islanders save clean heated water, cold water, and water used outdoors too.

Ways to save heated water which can help cut down household bills:

•        Fix dripping taps and leaky showers

•        Take shorter showers. Aim for around four minutes or less

Tips to save clean cold water:

•        Don't leave the tap running whilst brushing your teeth.

•        Stop using your toilet as a wastebasket - only flush, pee, poo or paper. Every cigarette butt or tissue you flush away also flushes away five to seven litres of water

•        Rinse your vegetables in a bowl or sink full of clean water rather than running the tap

•        Ask your company to include water saving in their Environmental Social Governance policies

Think differently about your outdoor water usage:  

•        Raise the blades on your mower - try leaving grass a third longer than a usual short cut, this helps trap moisture in the topsoil and negating the need to water

•        Use a watering can instead of a hose. If you have a hose, then use one with a trigger nozzle

•        Water butts can store rainwater collected from your roof to be used in the garden, to clean the drive, or to do the first wash of the car

•        Choose drought-resistant trees and plants that don't need watering as much

•        Use a broom to clean the drive instead of a hose or pressure washer which can waste hundreds of litres

•        Wash cars efficiently by using a bucket and sponge as opposed to a garden hose


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