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08 December 21

Affinity Water provides its customers with water saving tips this Christmas

  • Don’t throw away your vegetable water
  • Let the dishwasher take the strain
  • 4 Minute Christmas shower playlist

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Affinity Water has come up with six novel water saving tips for its customers over the Christmas period and a ten-track play list to ensure their shower doesn’t last more than four minutes.

Already over 170,000 Affinity Water customers have pledged to reduce the amount of water they use daily by signing up to the campaign which urges the public to waste less water to save endangered chalk streams.

The movement was launched in response to data which revealed Affinity Water customers use 9% more water per person, per day than the national average.

With Christmas on the way adapting individual behaviours in households can contribute to ensuring that the rare chalk streams in the South East remain healthy and allow the flora, fauna and wildlife to flourish.

Ed Barnes Head of Demand Management at Affinity Water said: “We wanted to ask our customers to join with us this Christmas to think about how they use water in their homes. These tips are helpful reminders of how just small actions and behaviours can make a big difference to the amount of water a household uses. We know that the current demand for water is unsustainable and that it will take a collective effort to address water-wasting behaviours. Affinity Water is committed to ending unsustainable abstraction from local streams, but we need the community to work with us. We want to thank every single person who has signed up to the campaign so far and to let them know that they will be making a difference to the health of our chalk streams. My favourite track on the play list is Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade, it’s a classic!”

Affinity Water’s six Christmas tips:

  • On Christmas Eve, save a bit of time and work on the Big Day! Soak the potatoes and other root veg in a pan of water then they'll be ready to roast when you need to. But DON’T throw the water away you can use it to cook the sprouts or steam some other veg.
  • If you have been cooking vegetables and you've got a real Christmas tree, you can use the cooled down water to give it a drink.
  • If you’ve been out walking or shopping in the cold and reach for a hot drink to warm yourself up when you return home, remember you can save water and energy by filing the kettle with just the water you need for that one cup.
  • Washing up - let the dishwasher take the strain it’s more water efficient. Most dishwashers can efficiently cut through the greasiest plates, and by selecting the eco cycle it will make it even more efficient. It will also give you a bit more time to spend with family and friends, and not miss out on Christmas games.
  • Washing Machine - use the 30 degrees, eco setting and a full load. Table linen doesn't need its own cycle in the machine, so wash on 30 degrees and make sure you've a full load to make the most of every drop of water and save on your energy bills too.
  • Christmas is a time when people visit one-another in their homes. Make sure you have some cistern bags and leaky loo strips on hand. With more visitors, the loo will have more flushes than normal. A cistern bag will ensure every flush uses less water. If you think your loo might be leaking grab yourself a leaky loo strip, so you can test it out.

Christmas shower playlist:

Our Save Our Streams team have also devised a top ten play list for ensuring your shower does not last more than four minutes. Here you can view some four-minute tracks that come highly recommended.

The shower playlist includes:

  • The Darkness - Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End). Justin Hawkins was born in Chertsey.
  • Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime
  • Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You

Free Water saving devices: You can find water saving devices here for FREE. Just enter your postcode, complete a short questionnaire and you can order your water saving gadgets. There are water efficient showerheads too if you fancy!

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