Save water, save wildlife!

River Mimram (c) Peter Tatton

Find out how you can help wildlife this summer by saving water.

It's been hot, hot, hot recently. Whilst this has meant long, lazy summer evenings and days filled with butterflies and dragonflies, our rivers and lakes have taken a real hit from the high temperatures and weeks without rain. To make matters worse, in the East of England water consumption is extremely high. Hertfordshire residents use one of the highest amounts of water per person compared to other UK counties. Coupled together this means that our precious rivers are under extreme stress. 

The more water we use, the less water there is for our chalk streams and rivers.  This has huge effects on our local wildlife from our already threatened water voles, to the brightly coloured kingfisher. Fish can be left stranded, leading to thousands of deaths, and important riverside vegetation that animals depend on for habitat and food can quickly dry out.

But there are things we can do to lessen our impact on local wildlife by saving water.

Affinity Water are working in partnership with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to conserve and enhance their sites for wildlife and so that they are valued, used and enjoyed by their respective local communities. Read Affinity's top water-saving tips below:

At home

  • You can save 6,500 litres of water a year by turning off your tap while you brush your teeth!
  • A power shower can use up to 17 litres of water a minute! Get a free eco shower head and shower timer from Affinity Water and save over 7,000 and 1,800 litres a year respectively. 
  • Make sure you only put on your washing machine and dishwasher once they are fully loaded – this uses much less water than two half loads.
  • If you have a dual flush toilet, use the half flush button whenever possible! You can also get free Save-a-flush bags from Affinity Water to pop into your toilet cistern which saves over 5,000 litres a year!

In the garden

  • Install a water butt and save up to 5,000 litres of water a year by using rainwater instead of tap water – better for water use and your plants!
  • Water your plants early in the morning or at the end of the day, directly onto the roots, to stop it immediately evaporating in sunlight and heat.

Click here for more water saving tips and free water saving devices.