Short and sweet, or long and steamy? Once a week or only when needed?

When it comes to water use there’s no clear definition of what’s “normal”, making water habits an interesting topic to dive into.

Following the driest winter in more than a decade, we need to start thinking about our water use. The average person uses 150 litres of water a day. However, 2 out of 3 people in the UK don’t think they can do anything to use less water despite admitting to habits such as leaving the tap on when brushing teeth (which splashes away 6 litres per minute) or showering for double (or triple) the recommended 4 minutes.

We think it’s time for a #TapChat about water use. Whatever your lifestyle there are loads of simple things you can do to save water, most will save you time and even money if you’re on a water meter. Here are 4 ways to get started:

1) Take the #TapChat quiz

Answer 11 questions to find out what type of water user you are and get advice tailored for your lifestyle.

2) Join the #TapChat

Follow the #TapChat hashtag across social media to read about other people's hidden water habits (go on, be nosy), share your own secrets and post ideas. Find #TapChat on Twitter and Facebook.

3) Try out some #TapChat tips

Start saving with these quick and easy tips for showering, teeth cleaning, toilet flushes, laundry and dishwashing. Click on an icon below for more tips.


Shorten your shower. Aim for 4 minutes per day. That’s enough time for a run through Rihanna’s “Under my Umbrella”.


Turn the tap off. Shutting the tap off when cleaning your teeth will save 6 litres per minute. That’s something to smile about.


Use the dual flush. We don't want to spell this out for you, but the little button is for liquid, and the large button is for everything else.


Wait until you have a full load before doing the laundry. Two half loads use more water and energy than one full, so don’t be fooled.


Use a bowl.  Washing-up with a bowl or filling the basin uses 60% less water than leaving the tap running.

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4) Order free water saving products

Who doesn't love free stuff? Contact your water supplier or order via the Waterwise website.

#Tapchat is a water saving campaign in partnership with Hubbub and Affinity Water supported by the Consumer Council for Water, SaveWater South East, Portsmouth Water and IKEA UK.