Water Print

Why do we need to save water?
We’re placing more and more demands on the amount of water we have. Climate change and an ever growing population means the way we currently use water is damaging our natural environment and is not sustainable. Getting water into our taps has another cost too - carbon emissions from treating and transporting water. An average UK family uses about 500 litres of water per day, which results in more than 1.5 tonnes of carbon escaping into the atmosphere every year. There are simple steps that we can all take now to reduce the amount of water being wasted, to protect our precious water resources for the future.


How much water do I use?
Water running through handsIn the UK, we actually each use on average 150 litres of water every day, with the average household using over 100,000 litres of water every year. Imagine 317 pints of milk and that’s 150 litres of water. One fifth of a household’s carbon footprint comes just from heating water for baths, showers and washing up.

How can one family make a difference?
One family can make a big difference, just by being more thoughtful about using water. Not leaving the tap running when we brush our teeth, spending a bit less time in the shower, waiting for a full load before putting the washing machine or dishwasher on – all these can save water without the need to spend a single penny.

If all families changed their behaviour we’d have to take less water from the environment and therefore have to treat – and heat – less water. Not only would we have a healthier natural environment to enjoy, but by using less energy we could do our bit to help prevent climate change.

We’re an island and it rains all the time. Why do we need to think about saving water?
In fact the UK is not an exceptionally wet country. We actually have less water available per person than France, Italy or Greece.  London, for example, has around the same average rainfall as Barcelona and less than Rome, Paris and Naples.

Does a shower really use less water than a bath?
It depends on how long we spend showering and how quickly the water flows out of the shower. A shower typically uses around 9 litres of water a minute - if we shower for more than ten minutes, we might be at risk of using more water than a bath. An easy way to test this is to leave the plug in the bath while we shower – how full does the bath get? We should try and keep our shower time down to under 5 minutes whenever possible as a simple way to make sure we don’t waste water.

Source: Act On CO2


 Water Butts in Wrexham

A water butt is a big bonus for the garden and could help you collect up to 5,000 litres of rainwater a year. To get the best use out of the water butt you should site the butt next to a suitable downpipe and once you've installed the diverter, you'll be amazed how much rainwater you can collect. Acid-loving and pot plants particularly like rainwater.

Using the water out of the water butt instead of treated drinking water is better for your garden, its wildlife and the environment.

Water butts are available from the Wrexham Council's Environment Department for £27.00 including delivery and VAT. They are green with a black lid and have a capacity of 190 litres. It has a child resistant lid and are made from recycled plastic. The water butt comes complete with a rain saver kit and discharge tap.

Please note that Water Butts can ONLY be delivered to addresses within Wrexham County Borough.

For more information go to the Council website, phone 01978 298989, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call in at:
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