How to use less water

Half an Olympic-size swimming pool. That's how much water a European consumes each year. Here are 5 easy ways to cut our water use. Episode 8 of our series of stories on eco-citizen initiatives with French author Julien Vidal.

23/06/2019 8:34 AM


  • Félice L.
    29/07/2019 13:59

    first one is smart

  • Liliya P.
    29/07/2019 04:59

    Ridiculous! Water does not disappear! It's always the same amount on Earth!...

  • James P.
    29/07/2019 04:13

    Look up "the water cycle"

  • Carol H.
    28/07/2019 23:20

    I save my wash water to put down the toilet and use the rinse water for the next wash. My dishwasher only uses 9litres of water. Other brands use 23..I live on my own but still feel it’s important to continue to be careful of my water use !

  • Zolly E.
    28/07/2019 19:14

    First of all, stupid UK, change the taps! Do not separate the hot and cold water taps so you don't burn your hands unnecessarily or do the washing up in cold water.

  • Edward Y.
    28/07/2019 16:30

    all these things are covered by eu laws to reduce water constumption.

  • Yuliana A.
    29/06/2019 13:06

    Thanks good

  • Edmida D.
    27/06/2019 17:56


  • Berhane D.
    27/06/2019 09:16

    Thank you. It is a good idea

  • Led G.
    26/06/2019 23:18

    Its not the consumers, its the farmers who consume most water. We need to rethink on how we grow food

  • Irenea B.
    26/06/2019 22:19

    But it's actually waste less water if you use dishwashing machine unless of course you live alone.

  • Ruby Y.
    26/06/2019 09:58

    Most of these 200 years old Aquaducts , Dams, Water ways are still Existing and being Used to Store Water, and the Aquaducts divert the water from the source to Irigation System and Water Processing Plants. Its true Water is life we have to preserved water.

  • Rich S.
    25/06/2019 23:29

    Fresh water is now the most precious and rare commodity on the planet, yet people still hose down instead of sweep and still throw it on roads, as if it were abundant and free! I despare somtimes at their behaviour.

  • Shaun C.
    25/06/2019 10:03

    I love this. I can't wait to implement water saving techniques when I move back to the US. Currently a PCV and between my wife and I, we use less than 1500 liters of water a month. Living in a water scarce community has made me value it so much.

  • Annette G.
    24/06/2019 21:28

    I just don't I know enough.

  • Mohammad Y.
    24/06/2019 19:37

    In most of Asia, we have the traditional toilets everywhere where u squat and relieve urself and most don't have flushes, u use water from the tap using a small container, although the "English" (as we call it) toilets are increasing but still far less.... So very little water wasted as it takes time to fill up the containers.... Most ppl have never even seen baths in rural and even urban areas (posh areas excluded), so we bath either by buckets or showers or like me use ponds(natural, seldom regulated ones) (I rarely bath in the toilet when I'm home).... And rarely anyone even owns a dishwasher and very few own washing machines.... And we are functioning pretty well still, other than the irresponsible dumping of household and industrial waste and fertilizers-insecticides-pestcides into the water bodies, we are comparatively more water conserving.. But those are serious issues as well which needs to be fought against before time runs out.... And with the monsoons being late this year, many places in South Asia are facing a huge crisis now... Keep us in ur prayers

  • Beth W.
    24/06/2019 06:13

    good for your IB groups!

  • Kyle L.
    23/06/2019 18:54

    The issue has been and will continue to be.... poor water treatment and storage methods!! De desalination should be a massive priority for every nation that borders an ocean, we have way more water than we can ever use right there. And we have the technology to do it. Conserving water isnt an issue its 2019, governments should be focused on providing things like water considering climate change is only going to continually reshape weather etc. Long term solutions like water treatment and desalination and most importantly water storage needs to be addressed... better distribution infrastructure is needed as well for inland areas. Also in California residential water usage is around 10% of total water usage over agriculture and environmental usage... Not sure why the home is always the first to be targeted for water conversation when in America it accounts for a very small percentage of actual water usage in the state. I use California because America is known for its excessive water use and its only 10% here for home use... Industrial and other areas usually get water breaks actually... like Nestle gets a free and open water contract on billions on gallons of water to use for basically nothing. Regulating the home isnt the answer to problems that exist on such a massive scale...

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