Most peo­ple ‘not wor­ried about their wa­ter use’

Cynon Valley - - YOUR ENVIRONMENT -

THREE-QUAR­TERS of peo­ple are not con­cerned about the amount of wa­ter they use in the home and less than a third think they could make sav­ings, a poll sug­gests.

But peo­ple spend an av­er­age of nine min­utes in the shower, well over the four-minute wash rec­om­mended by util­i­ties to save wa­ter and cut bills, the survey of 3,000 adults for en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity Hub­bub and sup­plier Affin­ity Wa­ter found.

The poll by Cen­suswide re­vealed only 31% said their house­hold could use less wa­ter if needed.

But four out of 10 ad­mit­ted to run­ning the shower for at least a minute be­fore get­ting in, us­ing the time to clean their teeth, shave or go to the toi­let, while some ran it long enough to do ex­er­cises or make a cuppa.

Ac­cord­ing to the survey, Lon­don­ers spent long­est in the shower, av­er­ag­ing 11 min­utes, while peo­ple in the north east of Eng­land were speed­i­est, with av­er­age washes of seven min­utes.

Affin­ity Wa­ter and Hub­bub are launch­ing the £TapChat chal­lenge to en­cour­age peo­ple to make small changes to re­duce their us­age, as they warn wa­ter re­sources were be­low av­er­age.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­i­sa­tions, de­spite per­cep­tions show­ers save wa­ter com­pared to baths, a mod­ern power shower can pump out an av­er­age 13 litres a minute, which means a six-minute shower can use as much wa­ter as a bath.

They are sug­gest­ing mea­sures to cut wa­ter and en­ergy bills, in­clud­ing us­ing a free shower timer from wa­ter sup­pli­ers, switch­ing to a wa­ter-sav­ing shower head and even cap­tur­ing cold wa­ter from the start of a shower in a bowl to wa­ter plants.

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