Despite it's rainy reputation, the South East of England receives less annual rainfall than you might think, about the same as Melbourne, Australia. Combined with high population density this leaves the South East with less available water per person than Morocco. To avoid future water shortages, we need to rethink our daily water habits, whatever the weather. 

The good news is that if we all save a little we can all save a lot. Still, 2 in 3 people don't think they can use less water. That's why we're starting a #TapChat about daily water habits in Sutton. 

Join the #TapChat

  • Over the summer playful adverts will be popping up across Sutton including at the train station. Spotted one? Share a photo using the #TapChat hashtag.

  • On 4th July we're opening the doors to Cheam Water Treatment Works. This is a unique chance to see behind the scenes of the water treatment process, meet the team that supplies millions of litres of clean water every day and hear from leading water efficiency experts. Spaces are limited so register your interest today

  • Join the #TapChat on Twitter and Facebook. 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. 

    

Order free water saving products

Who doesn't love free stuff? Order water saving products via Save Water Save Money and find out how you can save water with the water savings engine. 

Not on a meter? Most households pay less after switching to a meter. Apply here.  

Try out some #TapChat tips

Whatever your lifestyle there are loads of simple things you can do to save water, most of which will save you time and even money if you’re on a water meter. 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.

Shower

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

Teeth

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

Toilet

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.

Clothes

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.

Dishes

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

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#TapChat Sutton is a water saving campaign in partnership with SES Water and supported by local partners including Sutton Council and Times Square Shopping Centre. The campaign is inspired by the #TapChat campaign developed in partnership with Affinity Water.