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Water-saving advice from the supplier

NI Water's tips for preserving the precious resource

Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth - a running tap can use six litres of water per minute.

Take shorter showers. Why not challenge yourself and your family to shower one minute quicker? In a year you could save up to 10,000 litres of water. Take a shower instead of a bath. One bath can use up to 100 litres of water, whereas an efficient shower uses under 50 litres. But remember, power showers can use more water than baths.

Car washing - use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose.

Lawns are great survivors - a sprinkler can use as much as 1,000 litres of clean drinking water in a single hour - more than a family of four would use in a whole day. Even when lawns look dry and brown, they'll spring back with the first heavy rain, so avoid watering them wherever possible. Why not re-use that water from the kids' paddling pool and water the garden with it?

Use a bowl for washing vegetables. You can reduce water waste by using a bowl to wash and prepare your vegetables. Then you can use the water to rinse your recycling bin.

Make full use of your washing machine. Half-load programmes on washing machines use more than half the water and energy of a full load, so wait until the machine is full before switching it on.

Turn off the tap. Simply turning off the tap while washing your hands or shaving.

Fix leaking taps. A dripping tap can waste more than 60 litres of water per week.

Keep a jug of water in the fridge. Planning ahead means there is no need to run the water until it gets cold.

Fill the kettle with only as much water as you need. This will save water and energy.

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