Saving water

Saving water outside

While frequent watering will help your garden look lush and green, it can be time consuming and expensive. The average hosepipe can use as much as 500 litres an hour - enough water to have 6 baths, or 10 showers!

Fortunately, with a little care and attention there's a lot you can do to help your grounds not just survive, but thrive during the summer months, all while keeping water use to a minimum.


Large quantities of water can be wasted on grounds maintenance particularly during the summer  months.

Hosepipes and sprinklers – These can use 1000 litres per hour so keep grass watering to a minimum. Fitting a trigger nozzle to a hosepipe ensures water stops flowing as soon as it is released.

Water butts - Consider collecting rainwater in a tank or butt and using it for watering plants and shrubs. When landscaping try to select plants and shrubs that are tolerant of dry conditions.

Vehicle washing - when washing vehicles or equipment consider recycling water

Familiarise yourself with plumbing arrangements

Stop taps - Locate your inside and outside stop tap and ensure a number of people know where they are located. Check that you can turn them on and off.

Meters - Find and regularly read your meters and sub meters. Make someone responsible for reading meters either weekly or monthly. A marked increase in water usage may indicate a leak.

Protect against frost - Make sure all hot and cold water pipes and tanks are insulated, especially in unheated areas of the premises. Insulating hot water pipes can also reduce fuel bills.

Watch out for leaks - Checking for leaks is something every customer should do regularly.

Tell-tale signs to help you spot leaks

  • Damp patches in or outside the property
  • Lush vegetation in dry periods may be indications of leaking pipes
  • Leaking toilets
  • Leaking overflow systems

Metered customers

If your meter reading or bill is unusually high it may indicate you have a leak. You can use your meter to check if you have a leak on the pipework after the meter:

  1. Turn off all taps
  2. Find your water meter and take a reading (including the red digits)
  3. Do not use any water for a length of time (eg overnight or while you are out for the day).
  4. Read the meter again

If the second reading is higher than the first there may be a leak.

Help me find my leak

Find out how to spot common leaks.