Why do we need to save water?

Everyone can use water wisely. We are committed to being water efficient by tackling leakage and installing more water meters across our region, but we need residents to help by being careful with the amount of water used in their home. Why is this?

  • It is not as rainy as you might think - London receives less rainfall then cities such as Rome, Miami, Sydney and Barcelona. And if you divide the rainfall per person, we have less than Morocco and Turkey. Also south-east England receives 50% less rainfall than the rest of the UK.
  • In our area each person uses around 160 litres a day, higher than the UK average - that would be the same as delivering 675 pints every day to each household.
  • Treating and distributing water takes large amounts of energy, with even more needed in the home to heat water for bathing and showering. This adds to carbon emissions - in fact around 6% of UK emissions are linked to water use.
  • To keep our rivers and wetlands healthy, and so protect their wildlife habitats, we need to limit the amount of water we abstract. This is especially important in sensitive habitats like chalk streams, such as the River Wandle and the River Hogsmill in North Surrey / South London.