Fresh Student Living are committed to having a positive social and environmental impact – here on our blog we will be updating you with useful hints and tips that we can focus on to achieve this. In our second blog we provide some tips and hints to avoid wasting water. If you have any ideas please contact our Accommodation Teams who will be more than happy to discuss this with you!
Preserving water supplies is important, not only due to the uncertainty of its availability, but also because 90-95% of the water that we use at residential sites ends up going into the drains. If we reduce the water that we use for drinking, cooking and washing, we can also reduce the discharge to the sewerage system.
Here’s what we can all do to help reduce water use:
- REPORT A LEAK
Report any problems with dripping taps or leaks to the Fresh Team, as quickly as possible. A leak of only one drop per second wastes about 10,000 litres of water per year.
- TURN THE TAP OFF
Turn off the tap while you are brushing your teeth and doing the dishes.
- SHORTEN YOUR SHOWER
Every minute less spent in the shower, saves up to 9 litres of water.
- ONLY TAKE WHAT YOU NEED
When cooking or making a drink, only fill your kettle/pan with enough water for your needs. Also, putting the lid on saucepans reduces the amount of water lost, so you don’t have to put as much in. It also helps your veg cook quicker.
- DUAL FLUSH
Utilise the dual-flush function when available on toilets to reduce usage.
- USE A WASHING UP BOWL
When washing up, use the sink or a washing up bowl, and don’t wash your plates and cutlery with a running tap.
- SAVE A FLUSH
Try to avoid flushing away rubbish, such as cotton balls or make up tissues – simply throwing them in a bin will cut down on the amount of water wasted with every flush.
- DRINK TAP WATER
Whilst it may seem contradictory in terms of reducing water use, drinking tap water rather than buying disposable plastic bottles is better for the environment long term as it reduces plastic waste…. And in the UK our tap water is safe to drink! For drinks on the go why not get a stylish reusable water bottle that you can fill up with tap water, many will even keep your drink cool for 24 hours! We even have some Fresh water bottles to giveaway, so get yours from your Accommodation Team before they’re gone!
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