Are you waterwise in and around your home?

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Make a change using our waterwise list. By changing your water usage habits you can not only save water, but money too if you’re on a meter.


Waterwise list

Savings in your home

Do you always take a shower rather than a bath?

TIP: you can cut your shower time (saving even more water) by using a shower timer.

If you have a mixer shower, have you fitted a ShowerSense device?

Do you always use your washing machine or dishwasher with a full load and on the ‘eco’ setting?

TIP: newer appliances can use as much as 50% less water and energy than older models

Do you use a glass when you clean your teeth and a plug in the basin for washing?

Do you make sure that you don’t rinse vegetables or wash dishes etc. under a running tap?

Leaks around your home 

Are all your taps and overflows drip free?

Do you know that your underground supply pipe  is not leaking?

If you have a meter, do you know how to use it to check for leaks?

If you answer ‘yes’ to these questions, you’re on the right track.

If you answer mostly ‘no’, then take a look at our Top Tips for saving water in the home and in the garden for more water saving ideas


The easiest place for you to start saving water is in your home. By making small changes to your daily habits, you can make a big difference to the amount of water you use.

Fine tune your flush

About a third of all the clean drinkable water we use in our home is flushed straight down the loo. There’s a very easy way to reduce this; by using a free Hippo device which can save water every time you flush.


Which device do you need for your toilet?

Toilet cistern size

Year fitted

Hippo device

9 litres or more

1991 or earlier

Hippo 9

7.5 litres (or slim-line cistern)


Hippo 7

6 litres or less and dual-flush toilets

2001 or later

No device needed


To find out the size of your toilet:

  • Remove the lid and see if the size is marked anywhere inside

  • Flush the toilet and count how long it takes to flush: one litre, two litres, three litres etc. The number you reach when it stops flushing will confirm the size