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Watch Our Water

If your school’s in Yorkshire, the South West of England or the Midlands, you’ll probably be pleased to know that you’re no longer officially in a drought area. Despite record-breaking levels of rainfall in April and a wet first couple of weeks in May, schools in East Anglia and the South still are. Wherever you live in the UK, it’s no time to take water for granted. We should all continue to save water whenever we can.

The average person in Britain uses a whopping 150 litres of water a day. In fact modern appliances like power showers mean that we use much more water in our lives today than people did 25 years ago. The government wants to bring this figure down to a maximum of 130 litres as part of its water conservation strategy.

There are many ways in which we can save lots of water at home by making small changes to our behaviour. This might be remembering to turn the tap off when we’re cleaning our teeth or doing the washing up, taking a minute or two less in the shower, washing our cars less often or letting the grass in our gardens grown longer.

There’s also a huge amount that schools can do to help too. Not just in teaching children to save water, but also in leading by example, and being water-wise in every area of school life.

5 top tips for saving water in school:

1. Repair leaking taps quickly. Left alone, they can send thousands of litres down the drain.

2. Fit water saving controls on taps and cisterns. A small initial expense can save huge amounts of the water that we use in flushing and washing.

3. Review how you use water to maintain school grounds. Introduce measures to capture and reuse rainwater and grey water wherever possible .

4. Discorage pupils from running water til its cold before drinking.

5. Let your grass grow longer to retain water in the soil.

Find out more

Environment Agency – Drought 






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