Water Efficiency

Why save water?

Clean water is a precious commodity often taken for granted in the UK, but behind the scenes it takes a lot of energy and technology to bring it to us. As climate change brings longer, drier summers, water shortages will become more frequent. We can all do our bit by starting to save water today.

Free water saving devices for Severn Trent customers

From Severn Trent you can receive free water saving gadgets to use around the home. Receive a 'save a flush' device, easy to fit insert for your taps to reduce the water flow, and a four minute shower timer - all for free!  

Ways to save water:


  • Use a bowl for washing up or for pealing vegetables, instead of running the tap.
  • Turn the tap off whilst cleaning your teeth.
  • Put the plug in the sink whilst washing and shaving, instead of running the tap.
  • Fill the watering can with cold water whilst waiting for hot water to come through to the hot tap.
  • If you have the choice, shower rather than bath. (But power showers can use a lot of water).

Small Jobs

  • Contact your water supplier to get a water meter fitted for free. For most households, water bills will be lower with a meter. For more information, telephone Severn Trent Water on 0845 7090 646.
  • Place a brick or a full one litre bottle of water in the toilet cistern, or order a "Water Hog" from Severn Trent Water. Check the flush still operates properly, and you will save water every time you flush.
  • Repair dripping taps quickly.
  • Check the water and energy use of washing machines and dishwashers before you buy, as an inefficient model will cost you extra in the long run.

In the Garden

  • Use a water butt to collect and save the water falling on your roof. Call Severn Trent Water on 08708 494851 for current offers on water butts
  • Use a watering can (filled from your water butt) rather than a hosepipe which uses up to 1000 litres of water per hour!
  • Water plants in the evening and never in full sunlight as water may evaporate without reaching the roots, and any splashes can burn delicate leaves and blooms.
  • Use washing up water on the garden - it won't harm your plants and it keeps aphids away.
  • Dig in plenty of compost to improve water retention in the soil and therefore reduce the need to water as often. To order a discounted compost bin from Worcestershire County Council call 0845 073 2001.
  • Spread a mulch on the surface, for example bark chips. This will keep water in and keep weeds down.
  • Check the labels on plants at the garden centre and avoid planting water-hungry varieties.

(Text adapted from Wyre Forest District Council Water Conservation advice.)

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