8 myths that stop us from saving water

8 myths that stop us from saving water

Most of us have instant access to fresh water, which may be why some people tend to take the precious resource for granted.

With the demand for water increasing as the population grows, it’s important we try to save water to protect the environment and conserve it for future generations.

There are a number of common misconceptions that could be preventing you from trying to use less water, so we want to debunk them right here.

1. When it rains our reservoirs fill up

When we experience rainfall, our reservoirs don’t instantly fill up. The water usage of customers, as well as dry spells and droughts, have a huge impact on the water levels at our reservoirs, so it would take heavy rainfall for long periods to replenish our reservoirs.

2. The Earth is covered in water, so I don’t need to save it

Despite more than 70% of the Earth being covered in water, around 96.5% of this water is held in our oceans. That means only 2.5% of the water on Earth is available to us. This small percentage of water is then shared by humans for drinking, cleaning, growing crops, feeding animals, making clothes and more.

3. I can’t make a difference by changing my habits

If everyone had the mentality that their efforts couldn’t make a difference, saving water would be impossible. By becoming more conscious about your water usage habits, combined with others also taking the necessary steps to use less water, we can all help to conserve it. Simply turning off your taps when brushing your teeth or having shorter showers can make a real difference.

4. I don’t benefit from saving water

If you’re on a meter, using less water could help you to save money on your water and energy bills. Not to mention the positive impact it can have on the environment which impacts us all. Conserving water also provides a range of wildlife with a stable habitat which is essential to their survival.

5. Using water saving devices won’t have an impact

Around 30% of the total water used in a home is used to flush the toilet. A dual flush toilet tends to use four to six litres, compared to the 13 litres of a single flush toilet. We are aware it could be costly to upgrade your toilet, but there are several other affordable gadgets and appliances that could help you to use less water in the home and garden, such as a water efficient showerhead and water butt.

6. What I buy doesn’t affect my water usage

From the clothes we buy to the food we eat, water is used in the production process. The meat and fashion industries are two of the worst offenders when it comes to using high volumes of water. In 2017, the fashion industry used almost 79 billion cubic meters of water, which is enough to fill 32 million Olympic-size swimming pools. By becoming more mindful of where you shop and what you buy, you could help save a huge amount of water.

7. Buying bottled water uses the same amount of water as drinking from the tap

The production of bottled water is far more water intensive than treating and supplying tap water. In fact, making a plastic bottle uses around three times as much water than it holds. Also, 80 per cent of plastic water bottles end up in landfill and are not recycled. Many of these then make their way into waterways and cause harm to wildlife and the environment.

8. All water gets replenished through the water cycle

The water cycle will eventually recycle the water we use on a day-to-day basis, but this isn’t an instant process. It can take thousands of years to fill the aquifers that are currently being created to accommodate the growing population, so we cannot rely on the water cycle to fill our aquifers in the immediate future.

If you’re a water supply customer, sign up to our handy water calculator GetWaterFit to receive tailored information about how to save water.

Written by

Tom Thomson

Junior Content Writer

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