We can all waste less water to
Save Our Streams

What can I do to help?

It’s so easy to get involved with Save Our Streams and start making a real difference to chalk streams – and your bank balance – by signing up and ordering your FREE water saving gadgets.

All you need to do is take a quick three minute quiz on your water usage habits, and we’ll give you bespoke recommendations on how to waste less water around your home.

You can help, and it only takes 3 minutes

Simply answer a few quick questions about your water use and you can sign up to get FREE gadgets that can reduce your waste by 25 litres a day.

Our water saving tips

Did you know that shaving just 10 seconds off your shower time can save three litres of water? That means you could drink nearly 4,000 extra cups of tea a year and still reduce your water usage (although that might be cancelled out by more visits to the loo).

From just filling the kettle with what you need, to turning the tap off when you’re brushing your teeth, if everyone makes a few small changes it can add up to a huge difference.

Aim for a 4 minute shower to save up to 15 litres of water (per shower)

Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, and save over 6,500 litres of water a year

Save water and electricity by only boiling enough water for your immediate use

Hang up your hose – this uses as much water in an hour as the average family of 4 uses in a day and a half

How low can you go?

Tens of thousands of customer across the Affinity Water area have already signed up to save water, save money and Save Our Streams. But we’re not there yet, and together you and your neighbours could make a real difference to your local environment.

Just go with the flow

There are some beautiful walks along local chalk streams that we can all enjoy. Take a break from the stresses of daily life and meander along the banks of one of our precious streams to unwind – and if you share your river walk pictures with us on Facebook, we’ll post them here too.

Questions and Answers

  • Shorten your shower – showers use between 5 -15 litres per minute depending on your shower. Aim for a 4 minute shower. Free timers are available to order as well a water saving shower heads.
  • Don’t overfill the bath – a full bath uses around 80 litres of water why not see if you can even reduce this by an inch
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, and save over 6,500 litres of water a year and encourage others in your household to do the same
  • Whenever you can, use the half flush button if you have a dual flush toilet
  • A Save a Flush device can save 1.2 litres per flush, saving up to 5,000 litres a year. This is simply placed into the cistern on any lever handled toilets.
  • Save water and electricity by only boiling enough water for your immediate use
  • Use a bowl to wash dishes or vegetables
  • Fix dripping taps. You could save over 5,500 litres of water a year. If you need to find an approved plumber visit www.watersafe.org.uk
  • If you are buying a new appliance look at the Eco-label for water and energy consumption
  • Only run your washing machine and dishwasher with a full load – this uses less water than two half loads.
  • Use washing up water to rinse your recyclables instead of clean water.

Here are some more top tips to help you become a water efficient gardener:

  • Hang up your hose – this uses as much water in an hour as the average family of 4 uses in a day and a half. Or use a trigger hose so you can control when water is released.
  • Water your plants using a watering can, either early in the morning or during the evening when it is cooler and there is less chance of water evaporating
  • A water butt is a great way to collect rainwater, you can use it to water your garden or wash the car
  • Wash your car with a bucket and sponge, which uses much less water than a hosepipe.

Lawn

  • Cut the grass slightly longer in dry periods to allow the dew to be trapped. Leave the lawn cuttings on the lawn – it will naturally return moisture and nutrients to the soil
  • Reset your lawn mower blades to 4cm to encourage dense bushy growth.

Plants

  • Choose plants that thrive in dry conditions, such as Alyssum, Geraniums, cornflowers French and African Marigolds, Petunias, Aquilegia, Campanula and Heuchera lavender.
  • Look for the full sun symbol on the plant labels when buying new plants as this indicates their tolerance to dry conditions.
  • Move containers, hanging baskets and pots into shady areas where possible
  • If you’re potting up or planting containers, use ones made from plastic, glazed terracotta or wood. These tend to lose less water than bare terracotta
  • When potting up your planters use a small amount of gel crystals. They absorb water and can help retain the moisture in the soil
  • Bury a short length of pipe into your pot; if you water into the tube the water goes directly to the roots where the plant needs it most
  • Use mulches like bark chips or gravel to retain moisture and keep weeds down.