Love your butt

Gardening typically accounts for much of the additional demand we see during hot weather. A water butt is one of the easiest ways to collect and save a large amount of rainwater to use later in the summer months. On average one waterbutt holds the same amount of water as 25 watering cans, and most plants prefer rainwater over tap water.




Be lavvy savvy

A leaky loo wastes up to 400 litres of water a day. That's the equivalent of 5 bath tubs full! Leaky loos are one of the most common causes of unexpectedly high water use but aren't easy to spot.

If you think you have a leak, wipe the back of the pan dry and place a dry sheet of toilet paper across the back of the pan. Leave it for a few hours and if the paper is wet or torn when you come back to it, you have a leak. You can find an approved plumber through WaterSafe.



Bloomin' marvellous

Choose plants that can resist dry periods such as succulents, lavender, sage, or grey- and silver-leaved plants. Plant trees, shrubs and perennials in the autumn so that they get their roots down before spring.

Click here to read RHS Rosemoore's top tips for gardening this summer.




Don't be a drip

Small changes in water use make a big difference. Simply turning off the tap when brushing your teeth can save approximately 8,760 litres a year. That's the equivalent of 37,026 cups.




Who's ready to mulch?

Boost water retention in your garden. Add mulch and/or compost to your soil, it improves its structure, helps traps moisture and reduces evaporation during dry spells.



Be shower smart

Could you knock one minute off your shower time? If everyone in the UK cut one minute off their shower, we could save 660 million litres of water a day. Keep track, and reduce, your shower time with a free shower timer. We also offer free Shower Sense Flow Regulators, this regulates water flow to just 8 litres per minute.

Order free water-saving products here.

Beware, a power shower uses twice as much water as a bath, so if you have a power shower make it a quick one.




Yes you can

Water wisely and avoid wastage in your garden. Water your plants at the base where it can soak down to the roots. A saucer is great way to save water with potted plants.


 dripping tap


Don't be a drip

That pesky dripping tap wastes around 5,500 litres of water a year. A tap washer costs a few pence and is easy to fit.