Bath or shower

Stick to showers!

Think of baths as an occasional treat and stick to showers instead. The average bath requires between 150 and 250 litres of water, while taking a five-minute shower uses 40 to 100 litres. Although taking a very long shower would use almost as much water as a bath, showering offers more opportunities to cut your water consumption.

Try the following water-saving shower tips:

  • Put a bucket under the shower while you're waiting for the water to warm up and use what you catch to water your plants, flush the toilet or clean the bathroom.
  • Install a low-flow showerhead. It may cost you some money up front, but your water conservation efforts will save you money in the long run. Conventional showerheads have a flow rate of 15 to 20 litres per minute or more, whereas low-flow showerheads typically use 10 litres per minute (or even less).
  • Turn off the water while you soap yourself.

Spend less time in the shower. If you lose track of the minutes, take a radio into the bathroom and time yourself by how many songs play while you're showering.