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How to conserve water during a drought.

Updated on September 15, 2013

Save Water

'Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink'.

Maybe not quite so bad yet, but if we don't save it here in England and we have a dry summer things may not be quite so good.

In Peterborough, in the East of England we are already subject to a hose pipe ban and it is only 9th April 2012 as I write this.

The last winter was long,cold and wet and over the Easter holiday it has been very wet, yet we are still engulfed in the middle of a water shortage.

Water bills continue to rise like all other utilities and we get less and less for our money.

Enough of the sob story. The idea of this article is to give hints and tips on saving water so hopefully you will avoid having to worry if you are forced with a ban on using water.

Below you will find my top 10 water saving techniques which work for me. My household water bill is based on water used as I am fitted with a water meter. Every drop I can save is important.

Tip 1

Fit a water butt in your garden to catch rainwater from the roof of your house and or outbuilding such as a shed or a greenhouse.

Check out the offering from Amazon and purchase your own water catcher. Start saving water as soon as you fit it.

Tip 2

Put a brick or similar in you toilet cistern. This will displace the water so that less is needed to fill the cistern and so give a shorter flush.

The perfect item is this dive brick from Amazon. Why put a dirty house brick in you toilet system when you can buy this ideal item. Pop it in and save water with every flush of your toilet.

If you don't fancy that idea there are products you can get from your water company in the uk, but I am not sure about other countries. Check out the Anglian Water link below and you will see at least 2 products you can get from them to add to your cistern which will displace the water and they claim it will save at least a litre of water per flush. Just think how many times per day your family flush. You could be saving 20 litres a day!

Tip 3

Fix leaking taps /fawcetts around the home. Every drip will waste water. If you can't fix a drip buy something to catch it in.

Again another great product found when searching on Amazon this locking container to catch the drips allowing you to use the water elsewhere such as for watering your garden plants or house plants.

Tip 4

When washing dishes, don't run the water down the sink. Run water into a bowl and wash dishes in it. When finished use the left over water to water the plants in your garden.

Tip 5

Take a shower instead of a bath or you could even shower with a 'friend' if you have a large enough shower enclosure! Also consider fitting a water saving attachment to you shower head.

A must have for use with your shower. Reduces the amount of water allowed to flow through your shower head but has improved water spray capabilities.

Tip 6

For cold drinks, make up a pitcher and keep in the fridge instead of running a cold tap everytime you want to make one.

Ideal for putting in the fridge these water pitchers from Amazon are airtight and will keep your juice fresh for hours.

Tip 7

Wash fruit and veg in a pan instead of under a running tap. Consider using a veggie wash product then you can clean in a pan or a bowl.

Tip 8

Only wash your clothing when you have full loads for your washing machine. Also wash less often where possible and certainly in times of high demand on water in driught conditions.

Tip 9

Fill up garden ponds with water you have collected from the roof of your house or outdoor garden building. Better for your fish than using water from the tap as well.

If you do ever have to use tap water make sure that you use a product such as the one shown to condition your water so as not to harm your fish.

Tip 10

Wash your car with the new dry wash products which are now available.The ultimate water saving tip. Probably better for your car paintwork as there will be no sunlight damage to the paint whilst drying off.

May seem a big layout in terms of initial cost but the benefits will be well worth it and will maintain your paintwork in tip top condition all year round. Will also enable you to wash your car in cold conditions.You will agree there is nothing worse than washing a car in freezing temperatures.

Is it global warming?

This is constantly in the media. We only need a bit of freak weather and straight away they are blaming it on global warming. I must admit that having a potential drought in the UK is not good at this time of year and can only mean that we could be heading for a summer of stand pipes in the street when water is rationed. My biggest beef though is that water companies know that they are the biggest wasters of water by not repairing broken pipes quickly enough. Far too often you see water gushing down the gutters in the streets as water mains burst. They then have the audacity to blame the local councils saying that it is because of the state of the victorian pipe systems which were laid under city streets hundreds of years ago.

So there you have it.

My water saving top 10 methods. Please feel free to click on thre links to see more water saving tips which you can use for yourself.

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  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Apologies for the late acknowledgement to your comments guys. Thanks to you all for taking the time to comment and vote. I appreciate your support and always look forward to your comments. It makes the job so much more worthwhile to know you are in my corner.


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    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    wow I just noticed your new profile pic.....gorgeous!

    I must have missed your comment here, I apologise for not getting to you earlier.Thanks so much for your brilliant comments and the votes. I am glad you liked my efforts.

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    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire



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    Thanks to you all for the great comments and your continued support. I am glad you like the tips and thanks for sharing your thoughts on this article.

  • Lyn.Stewart profile image


    6 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

    If your really short on water you could also put a tub on the bottom of your shower so the water from your shower can then be used to water your garden. Voted up and useful ... thanks for sharing.

    It always interests me that during winter they have to open the gates to the catchment pond because it gets too full then they don't have enough water in the summer months.

    I always wonder why they dont just make the catchment higher so they can save the needed water. Lets face it these atchments were built when there was a lot less households to supply and are no longer big enough.

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    Teresa Coppens 

    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Great water saving tips. I love the rain barrel idea. We use one at our house and plan on purchasing another. Never had any luck saving water when showering with a friend though!!!!

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    Victoria Lynn 

    6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    I gave you many votes on this one--funny for showering with a friend! Great tips. I do a bunch of them all the time, as I just like being frugal. I need to save rain water, though. I haven't been good about doing that. Great hub!

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    6 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Fantastic tips!! Water is a valuable source and we all should do our part to ration it. I can't imagine how our lives would be without adequate water supplies. UP and Useful.

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    Kathleen Kerswig 

    6 years ago

    Great suggestions for saving water. I live in Florida and we struggle with droughts during the winter months. I am familiar with most of the suggestions you listed but I will be taking note of a couple I did not know about. Thanks. Voted up!

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire







    forgive me Ethan when I say this to the ladies. What a bevvy of beauties you all are. A great looking bunch, I am very lucky to have you in my corner. Thanks so much for your support, including you Ethan, I really appreciate you all taking the time to visit and part with your comments.

  • Jools99 profile image


    6 years ago from North-East UK

    Our lawn was flooded up until yesterday Steve, blummin' English weather - I think our reservoir, Keilder is overflowing, they need to start sending tankers down to Peterborough! Useful advice Steve, although not likely to affect me just yet.

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    Ruth McCollum 

    6 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

    Great tips! Thankyou. I live in oregon state, we rarely have water shortages, due to the fact we live on mt hood and get the winter run off,from snow,ice and alot of rain. We have had shortages I can remember tho. You raised a good point when you stated you have to use less water and pay higher water bills for it. Your tips here would save a house not under a drought ALOT of money on their water bill, as they aren't increasing the price due to shortage.

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    Bahin Ameri 

    6 years ago from California

    These are great tips. Practical and inexpensive. I live in Texas and we had a terrible drought last year. Half the state burnt to a crisp. I will definitely do the things you mentioned, especially tip #5 ;) Voted up!

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    6 years ago

    Poshcoffeeco, this is a great hub! Voted up, useful and SHARED on Twitter! Thanks for the helpful tips. I also really enjoyed the design and pictures you included here! Take care, Kelley

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    Just Ask Jess 

    6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Great tips!!! :)

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    Ethan Green 

    6 years ago from England

    Great tips. Isn't it amazing though how we are still in drought despite almost continual rain for the past week or two. I read an article in the papers saying it's because the rain is running off the dry, hard land and into the sea (presumably via rivers and by-passing any nearby reservoirs!). So despite all this rain, your Hub is still very useful:-)


  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    I know what you mean. The weather in Peterborough has been horrendous lately. We need the sun on our backs and soon.


    Thanks for your comments. Glad you like it and good luck with the water saving.


    No problem.

    Hope to see you here soon.

  • am301986 profile image


    6 years ago from New Delhi

    Great Article and wonder tips too. Thanks for sharing

  • neeleshkulkarni profile image


    6 years ago from new delhi

    i tried persuading my wife to bathe with me explaining that it was for a global cause but she refused saying that i was trying a new one.!Wives , I tell you they just have no feelings for the environment at all.

    Bathing with friends seems difficult since both bathrooms i use are within the house i share with my wife and smuggling the friend out if wife knocks on the bathroom door is going to be well nigh impossible and could lead to massive local warming which as we know is not good for the (local) environment.

    Shall try out the other 9 for sure.

    On a more serious note it is time to pretend there is a drought even if there is not since the shortge of water is a reality and shall be more so in the years to come.

    good hub

  • christin53 profile image


    6 years ago from UK

    Lots of good tips and I do most of them. Its strange to be talking about a drought since they announced the hosepipe ban in Norfolk it hasn't stopped raining.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Thanks lord de cross, glad it meets with your approval.

    Check out my new fB page and like if you will

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    Joseph De Cross 

    6 years ago from New York

    Best ten tips ever my friend. Nice lay out. It made me thirsty... to be honest PoshcoffeeCO. Thanks for the research. I think Australia has it bad at times. Hello Queensland!

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    Joseph De Cross 

    6 years ago from New York

    Best ten tips ever my friend. Nice lay out. It made me thirsty... to be honest PoshcoffeeCO. Thanks for the research. I think Australia has it bad at times. Hello Queensland!

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    thanks so much for reading and commenting. I have a rain barrel, it comes in handy for topping up my fish pond in the warmer months.....if we ever get any!

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    Levertis Steele 

    6 years ago from Southern Clime

    Although technology has made life quicker and easier for us to sit and let these robots do our work for us, it has made us too lax, lazy, and unhealthy, unless we are smart enough to consume healthy and exercise. We are not willing to give up the increasing technology that has helped us to live like royalty in comparison with the life of our ancestors. Nevertheless, we must further brace ourselves to pay the price. Who wants to go to another country by way of horse and buggy and trade that for a Columbus-style boat/ship to complete the trip, totaling a 6-month travel, when we can board a fancy jet and get there in a matter of hours? Even though thousands have perished in crashes, for example, we are not giving up the Wright brothers' invention, are we?

    The brick in the commode might work if one can be convinced to resist the temptation to flush again. Consider the super-sized toilets. They would require ten bricks, perhaps. I was thinking about getting one for an overweight near relative, but this hub has shaken a finger at me. Juicy fruits and vegetables and exercise could be the best solution.

    If the more fortunate people who certainly enjoy more luxurious technology that uses mega-gallons of water could make greater sacrifices like giving up pools, spas, super water slides, . . . need I say more? Most people who are already trying to conserve water do not have these luxuries.

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    Deborah Neyens 

    6 years ago from Iowa

    Great tips! We installed a rain barrel last year and it's awesome. It's amazing how quickly it fills up with just a little bit of rain. I use the water for my garden and potted plants.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Arren 123

    I agree the water companies should do more not to waste water. All we have had here in Peterborough is RAIN for the last few weeks. They say that the hosepipe ban will remain for the forseeable future because we haven't had enough of the stuff.

    Thanks for the vote and comment.

  • Arren123 profile image


    6 years ago from UK

    Some super ideas on saving water, great hub, I also think that the water companies new to do more. The other week we had a burst pipe in the road, water was running for days before someone came to look at it. Voted up :)

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Levertis Steele,

    Thanks for you very in-depth comment. Good luck with your search to find the best ways to conserve water.

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    Levertis Steele 

    6 years ago from Southern Clime

    It might not be a bad idea to invest in an old-fahshioned water pump or well that taps into the earth's underground supply of water. Water goes up and comes down. If it is not in the clouds, it is on, or in, the ground. Perhaps we need to follow the ways of the people of days long gone by. Move near a river, lake, or ocean/sea. Better yet, people with land could build private lakes and deep ponds, and counties (3 or 4) could combine to build shared reservoirs. They could share large supplies of water with neighbors who do not have any method of reserving water.

    If anyone is very serious about saving toilet and dish water, they could always build an outhouse and use dish pans, one for washing and one for rinsing. It sounds a little too much, but it would definitely save water. If you decide on the outhouse, please do not use a Sears Roebuck catalog! That would be overdoing it, unless there is a shortage of tissue.

    People could also eat more juicy fruits and vegetables, such as, lettuce, celery, tomatoes, melons, cacti, oranges, and many others.

    When I was a girl living on a farm, people all over had water pumps, cisterns, nearby ponds, and a lake that many of us shared, and we also had an aluminum tank setting high on a wooden structure that the men built to hold it. It set on one side of the house. It had a tap and we would draw water from it. The water came from the roof, ran into the gutters, and into the mouth of the tank.

    If we have a drought in my neck of the woods, I am going to the store to buy water, and if it is sold out, I will panic like everyone else. We will be on one accord!

    Seriously, I am trying to use this hub and others to determine the best way for my family to save water. We rarely have serious droughts in my neck of the woods, but we do have an occasional dry spell that lasts several weeks. We seldom have one that causes a lot of devastation.

    Thanks for these valuable tips.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Thanks so much Linda Bliss. It is fine here in Peterborough but the forecast is not good. Where is the Summer? In recent years it has been warming up already. Still got the central heating on which is not good.

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    Linda Liebrand 

    6 years ago from San Francisco

    Great tips about saving water! As I'm writing this (In London, UK) the rain is pouring down despite the drought warnings and hose pipe bans - but I trust the specialists know what they are talking about! Great hub, voted up and shared.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    write the hub and we can link to each others hubs then.

    They say we need winter rain to give us enough water to fill the underground reservoirs and water course.

    There must be a difference as to how wet winter rain is as opposed to any other rain!

    Thanks for commenting.

  • molometer profile image


    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Steve,

    Good advice on how to save water during this drought. The funny thing is.

    I just got back from Bar Hill. I shot some video on the Fens of rivers bursting there banks lol. Some drought eh!?

    I was just about to write a hub about it, when I came across this great hub.

    The British weather is so changeable. If ya don't like it stick around. lol

    Great hub voted up and sharing.

  • Golfgal profile image


    6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

    Hey there Poshcoffeeco, I loved your hub, I was researching to see if anyone wrote about saving water during a drought and there you popped up. Oh well, you beat me to it. Well done. We had a terrible drought last year here in Texas. And, yes, you stated it all very well in ways to conserve. Voted you up.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Michele Travis,

    It seems there is never a happy medium where the weather is concerned. Hope it picks up for you very soon.

    Thanks for commenting, it's great to hear from you.

  • Nettlemere profile image


    6 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

    Great hub - even though I can feel slightly smug living in soggy Lancashire where we have plenty rain topping up our reservoirs.

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    6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

    Great Hub Steve, yes you are so right. Great ideas. My good friend Debbie must not be aware of the 10 year drought we have been experiencing here in Deep South Texas, its pretty bad. We are not allowed to wash cars except at car wash that use recycled water, we can't water plants or lawns in any fashion until after 8:00 PM and except for the recent hail storm, we have had no rain of any accumulation in over 3 years. I am paying $160.00 per month US for water we are recommended not to even bathe or wash clothes in unless we double filter at our end which that too is costly. We have to buy purified water to drink which is mostly shipped in from the northern part of the state. Great Hub, I voted UP all across. Lee

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    Christina Lornemark 

    6 years ago from Sweden

    So many great tips on saving water! Even though we have plenty of water here in Sweden it is no excuse to not save water and the water bill will benefit from it also! I like the way you designed this hub, it looks great! Voted up, useful!


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    Sheila Brown 

    6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    Here in Southern Oklahoma, we had a terrible drought last year. We are not on "city" water at our house, we have a well. We prayed everyday that our well would not run dry, as we cannot get city water. My hubby and I showered together, that can be interesting, and I used my dish water to water my outdoor plants. Very useful ideas here. We have recently received plenty of rain and are no longer in a drought situation. I hope your drought situation improves very soon! Voted up and useful! :)

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    Brian Slater 

    6 years ago from England

    Hi Posh some excellent ideas and a timely reminder to everyone that saving water should become routine. Let's hope we get a wet spring to top up the reservoirs. Voted up.

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    Movie Master 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Shower with a friend, now that sounds like fun!

    10 excellent tips here to save water, Number 6 is such an obvious one yet I have never thought to do it!

    We have had so little rain here in Herefordshire, my water butts are almost empty already!

    Many thanks Steve, voted up and shared.

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Wow! Pretty cool hub here poshco! I am super impressed! It is full of useful info and looks nice and tidey! Lol. Up and everything!

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 

    6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    wow so sorry.. so far here in the central United States I haven't heard of water shortage . I am so sorry Steve.


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    6 years ago from Alabama

    These are all great tips. Luckily we have had rains here in Alabama, so maybe we are safe from the drought for a while. I will have to remember the dry car wash. That is interesting. Enjoying the song, bridge over troubled water.

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    Michele Travis 

    6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

    This is a wonderful hub. It has been very wet here in Ohio, for a long time. Things keep flooding. In Ohio some of our vegetables wouldn't grow because of the flooding.

    But, who knows maybe it will turn around. Thank you for the information.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    LG you little minx!


    I am glad you liked my Hub. Thanks for the votes. This is the first time I have tried using dividers so I guess you approve. Will have to use them again.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago

    Great tips for water conservation. I really like the layout of your page. Very artistic. Voted up and useful.

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    Debra Allen 

    6 years ago from West By God

    Sometimes my husband and I shower together. HaHa! Instead of using those Rain Barrels that are expensive I used the 33 gallon trash cans.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Hey Kim,

    great to see you again. Thanks for the comment. I am glad you liked it and got a giggle out of it. Your right TMI, but we all have to go.....right!

    Take care and hope to connect again soon.

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    Kim Lam 

    6 years ago from California

    Hi Steve! Great tips - I never thought about putting a brick in my toilet cistern. Hmm...will have to do that soon since I always have to double flush...okay TMI, sorry. I giggled at the 'shower with a friend' tip too. :-D Well done.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire


    you are quite right about the showering with a friend. Just don't drop the soap or you may never get out of there!

    It is great to see you here and thanks for commenting. Take care.

    Lady G

    I didn't put you down as a shower with a friend type of person, but you did say that you do use all of my tips already so you heard it here first folks.

    Seriously thanks for commenting and so quickly after publishing.

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    Debra Allen 

    6 years ago from West By God

    I do all of them. It's been a very dry winter here in the Eastern United States and it doesn't look like we will be getting any relief soon.

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    6 years ago from Neverland

    hehe shower with a "friend". You're funny! Its a great idea so long as the friend doesnt cause you to stay in the shower longer. Your ideas are perfect for saving water when faced with a shortage. The rain barrels are by far the best idea in my mind. Simply because our small city just encouraged all residents to buy and install them this past winter. Now we can collect the rain water for car washes, watering plants, and filling kiddie pools :)


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