From baths and showers to what we eat and drink, water is fundamental to our lives, with each person in the UK using approximately 150 litres every single day!

By making a few minor changes to our lifestyle, we can all do our bit for the environment and save a resource that we simply cannot live without.

To find out if you waste less water than a desert camel or more than a salt-water fish, take our quick quiz!

How much time do you spend in the shower every day?

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Did you know?

Showers can use anywhere between 6 and 45 litres per minute! A speedy but refreshing five minute shower is the perfect way to scrub up and conserve water.

Source: Eden Project

You can save even more water in your shower by investing in an eco-friendly water-saving shower head.

Do you leave the tap running while shaving or brushing your teeth?

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A family of four could save up to 17,520 litres of water per year by turning the tap off between rinsing their toothbrushes and razors?

Source: Thames Water

When shaving, rinse your razor in a few inches of water in the basin, rather than rinsing under the tap.

When getting a drink of water, do you run the tap until the water runs cold?

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Waiting for tap water to run cold can waste as much as 10 litres of water a day!

Source: Waterwise

Fill a jug or a large bottle with water and put it in the fridge. This way, you can have a chilled glass of water whenever you want.

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Three litres of water are used to produce every one litre of bottled water, due to the production process of plastic. What’s more, plastic bottles litter the environment and can take up to 1,000 years to fully decompose.

Source: The Guardian

For water on the go, pick up a reusable water bottle and fill it up from the tap rather than buying single-serving bottled water.

How often do you use a hose pipe for watering the plants in your garden?

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Hosepipes use approximately 1,000 litres of water per hour. Using watering cans is a much more efficient way to water the plants in your garden.

Source: Eden Project

More than 21,000 litres of rainwater falls on the average UK home. By installing a water butt, you can conserve precious H2O and use it to water your garden.

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A full load of laundry uses less water than two half-loads. Laundry accounts for 15% of the water we use in our homes and various studies show that the average load of washing is significantly below the maximum capacity of the washing machine.

Source: Rainforest Alliance

Only do laundry when you’ve got enough to make up a full load. Modern washing machines can be very economical, find out which cycles on your machine are the most water-efficient.

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Did you know?

Tiny drips from taps might not seem like much, but can collectively waste as much as 60 litres of water per week!

Source: Thames Water

Mend dripping taps as soon as you can to prevent wasting water. You can also use your water meter to check for hidden leaks by reading it before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes, you might have a leak.

Do you flush rubbish (such as tissues and cotton balls) down the toilet?

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As much as 30% of the water you use every day is flushed down the toilet. Avoid unnecessary flushing by putting rubbish in the bin.

Source: Waterwise

Toilets with the old style flush systems can use a whopping 13 litres of water per flush! Investing in a modern dual flush loo means you’ll only ever use six litres for a full flush and a mere three litres for a reduced flush. These are just as efficient as the old-style systems, but with half the waste!

Do you wash fruit and vegetables under a running tap?

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A running tap uses as much as six litres of water per minute – meaning a lot of water flows from the tap and straight down the plughole without being used!

Source: Thames Water

Run a small bowl of water for washing vegetables and then use it to water your garden or house plants.

During a typical week, how often do you eat meat?

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A single serving of chicken, pork or beef can take between 340 and 1,135 litres of water to produce! Proteins are the biggest culprit for water consumption, but fruit and veg can be pretty guilty too – producing a single, 7 ounce mango will use roughly 900 litres! Starch requires comparatively small amounts of water – just 16 litres are needed to produce 100g of potatoes.

Source: Rainforest Alliance; LA Times

You can significantly conserve water by considering how varied your diet is. By balancing proteins with starch, we can reduce production demand, saving water across the globe!

Finally... tell us a little about you

Before we get to your results, we just have a few questions about you, but don’t worry, it will only take ten seconds!

This information is completely anonymous and will not be used for any other purpose. It is simply to help us review the UK’s water usage in a bit more detail.

What’s your gender?

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Where in the UK do you live?

What’s your age group

You are a

Camel

Wow, when it comes to water, you don’t like to waste a single drop! Just like a desert camel, you’re very resourceful. You only use the water you need and make sure as little as possible trickles down the plughole unused. Keep up the good work!

You are a

Duck

You take to saving water like, well… like a duck to water! Even though you can’t live without it, you’re careful with what you use and how you use it. There might be the odd change to make here and there, but our handy tips will ensure you have a water-efficient home in no time!

You are an

Elephant

Just like an elephant in the hot sun, you need to be near water at all times! It looks like a lot of water you use is being wasted, so why not do your bit for the environment by making a few small changes? From shorter showers to keeping a jug of water in the fridge for a quick, ice-cold drink – there are loads of simple ways to conserve water.

You are a

Fish

Oh dear, it looks like you might be wasting a lot of the water you use. Don’t worry, you won’t be like a fish out of water if you just make a few simple changes to your lifestyle. Taking shorter showers, not allowing the tap to run or fixing leaks as soon as you notice them can all go a long way to helping the environment and saving on your utility bills in the process!

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