In a Flash
Humanity can't survive without clean water.
Why save water?
Water is probably the most important substance on the planet – without it, we can't survive. But changing demands on our water supply mean it's more important than ever to reduce our water usage, to ensure there will always be enough to go round.
Why is water so important?
Humans can only survive a few days without water. While our bodies need it to function, water is also vital for our way of life - the plants and animals we eat rely on water to live and grow, and we also use it for cleaning and generating power.
Why do we need to save water?
Our global supply of fresh water is being used up fast. This is due to a number of factors, including an increasing global population, changes to the way we live and work, and extreme weather events caused by global warming.
To ensure we don't run out of this vital resource, we need to start using water more sustainably by reducing the amount we use.
How can I reduce my water usage?
The good news is, there are loads of easy ways you and your family can start reducing your household water usage. Check out these water-saving tips:
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth - this can save 6 litres of water per minute.
- Take a shorter shower - your daily shower can use up to 45 litres of water per minute!
- Fill up your washing machine and dishwasher - putting on full loads instead of lots of little ones will reduce water usage.
- Fix up dripping taps. A dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water per day – that's over 5000 litres per year.
- Use a watering can instead of a hosepipe. Hosepipes use thousands of litres of water an hour, so water your garden using a watering can instead.
- Fill a jug with tap water and place it in the fridge. This means you won't have to leave the cold tap running for the water to run cold before filling up your glass.
What Do You Mean?
Save water by using a watering can instead of a hose.
Water is the most important substance for human life. It is made up of hydrogen and oxygen.
Human blood is 83% water.
It takes 200,000,000 litres of water per second to grow food for the planet.
Water is the only mineral that is found naturally on Earth in three forms: liquid, solid and gas.
Every drop counts.
Water is essential for sustaining human life, but increasing demand means our water supply is at risk of running out. Reducing our water usage will help to ensure we always have enough water to go round.
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