Turning the tap off when brushing my teeth, not flushing the toilet every time I do a wee, and turning the shower off when I’m not rinsing, are just a few things I do to conserve my daily water usage.
But than what I’m saying is common sense, isn’t it?
If you haven’t already heard the news, here it is: people living in South East England are in a drought, joining those in the Anglia region.
As water levels fail to reach targets in the second driest winter in a row, a report from the Environment Agency claims that there is a danger that the drought could spread to areas in the South West and the Midlands, making this the worst since 1976.
But, as we come to terms with this latest report that could see many of our taps spluttering to life when we turn them on, will it make us change the way we take water for granted when millions of others in other countries rely on so little?
The average Briton uses around 150 litres of water per day, that’s around 55,000 litres in a year. When you think about the population in the UK, the numbers soon start adding up, and for something we rarely think about it’s a colossal amount.
I’m not saying I’m a saint when it comes to water conservation, but I like to feel that I’m doing my bit to save as much as I can. I figure it’s the little things that will help to make a big difference. Now, I’m not sure how much water I use or consume per day, but I’m hoping I fall far below the average Brit.
Of course, saying that I’m pretty sure it’s higher than the 20L recommendation that the Department for the Environment reckons people can get by on throughout the day.
According to the RainWater Knowledge Centre, ten minutes in the shower uses 200 litres of water!
That’s a heck of a lot considering I spend on average around 10-15 minutes in the shower each day. In this case I would have exceeded the average Brit by 7am! So, it’s not surprising that turning the shower off when I’m not rinsing is something I definitely do.
Even though this is not the first drought we’ve had, nor is it likely to be the last, why it’s come to this is beyond me. Recently, Caroline Spelman, the environment and rural affairs secretary is quoted as saying:
“We are asking for the help of everyone by urging them to use less water and to start now.”
You want me to start now? But I’ve been doing this for ages! I know plenty of people who consider this the norm, so it may come as a shock to them to find out that because parts of England are in drought, the government is urging us to take steps to save water…now.
At least we’re not like the average American, which apparently relies on around 2,000 gallons of water a day.
But, drought or no drought it shouldn’t have to take the government to tell us to start saving water when we’re in danger of running out for us to actually think about doing it. It’s a common sense issue and we should be doing it already.