Turning your taps on less can help nature

12th June 2021

Written by Bristol Water

Save water! Save water. Save water!

It’s a common chant from water companies like us. In fact, we say it a lot.

With little understanding on the matter, many people just roll their eyes. Water falls from the sky, again and again, so what’s the problem?  There is no clear reason to save something like water, in fact, the idea seems a bit ludicrous given we’re drinking the same water as the dinosaurs, ancient Egyptians, and maybe even the queen.

There are many reasons to save water, and all of them environmental. In its simplest form, saving water will reduce your carbon footprint while leaving more water in nature to support wildlife.

Now let’s take a deeper dive, shall we? Excuse the bad pun, it comes with the territory as water folk and I can’t confirm there won’t be another. There are three key areas to think about when it comes to using less water.


Energy is required to treat water and pump it into your home. If laid flat, the pipe network in Bristol and Somerset would stretch all the way to Madagascar, so your water travels for miles and miles before landing in your glass.

Gravity can only get the water so far: electricity is needed to pump it uphill and everything else in between. In fact, a huge proportion of your water bill is made up of the cost of energy.

We all seem to understand the link between energy use and the environment: and so the less water we use, simply, the lower your carbon footprint.  

Climate change

We rely on the water cycle to keep our reservoirs and rivers nice and full. So, if there’s less rain (as is happening with climate change) there’s less water to go around for both us and nature.

Although there are oceans full of water, using it requires desalination – a difficult and time-consuming process to achieve on a mass scale. This means we rely on the water cycle, using fresh water, which makes up just 1% of all the water on earth.

In the summer, or unseasonably dry weather, water is in more demand with people watering gardens and filling up paddling pools – taking it away from nature.  

Population change

Without trying to sound too much like a school geography lesson, population growth is on the up. We all know that places like Bristol and Somerset are desirable places to live and over the next 25 years, its predicted that there will be an extra 70,0000 of us living here.  And that’s just us: the national and global picture is rising too – meaning the same amount of water stretching further than ever before.

We’re not going to tell you to turn the tap off while brushing your teeth and all the standard things you’ve heard before – although we have plenty of tips if you are interested. We’re just asking you to be a bit more conscious. Perhaps consider installing a water meter and remember that little actions matter.

If we all play our tiny, tiny part in this, we can reduce the overall carbon footprint of Bristol and Somerset and leave a little more for our wildlife.

Find out more about Bristol Water at www.bristolwater.com