20th April 2010

Consumer Council encourages consumers to use water more wisely

Following the report by the Engineering the Future Alliance which states that water supplies may be under threat for future generations, the Consumer Council is taking the opportunity to inform consumers on the importance of making responsible choices about water and how to use it more efficiently.

Kathy Graham, Head of Water at the Consumer Council said, “The Consumer Council has always advocated fair, affordable and sustainable water supplies for Northern Ireland consumers.  Water is a finite and precious resource which we often take for granted.  This report highlights the need for everyone to take responsibility for the way they use water.  While there is no single answer to solve the world’s water supply problems, we all need to learn how to make responsible choices that meet our needs today without limiting the choices of future generations.” 

Consumer Council’s tips for being water efficient:

·       Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or use a glass of water. A running tap can use up to 6 litres of water a minute.

·       Take a shower instead of a bath.  A standard shower for five minutes uses around 35 litres of water. A bath uses 80 litres of water but bear in mind a power shower will use even more at 90 litres of water.

·       If you don’t have a low flush or dual flush toilet, fit a HIPPO bag in your toilet cistern to reduce the water used. 

·       Fix any dripping taps. A dripping tap can waste up to 30 litres of water a day.

·       Fully load your dishwasher or washing machine before putting it on. 

·       Use a water butt to collect rain water to water the garden; give your plants a soaking once a week rather than watering daily.   


Notes to editor

The Consumer Council is a member of the Water Framework Stakeholder Forum.  It also co-developed EcoWorld, an interactive game designed to develop young people’s awareness and understanding of the implications for the individual, society, the economy and environment in the areas of energy, transport, waste, food and water.  This was a joint project with the CCEA and the game is now used in many schools throughout NI as part of the key stage three curriculum.  Visit http://www.ecoworld.org.uk.


  1. Consumer Council media contact: Paula Gunn, telephone, 028 9067 4816 or e-mail, [email protected]  
  2. The Consumer Council is an independent consumer organisation, working to bring about change to benefit Northern Ireland’s consumers. The Council campaigns for high standards of service and protection and a fair deal for all. It also carries out research, gives advice and publishes reports and other publications. It deals with individual complaints about buses, trains, planes, ferries, natural gas, electricity, coal and water.
  3. For more information, visit our website at www.consumercouncil.org.uk