The amount we use

We must use water wisely

An increasing population means extra demand for water while increasingly erratic weather patterns could lead to more droughts in the future. It is more important than ever for everyone to take care how they use water.

141 litres per person per day
Compared to
121 litres
used in Germany

Source: Water UK; England and Wales, Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

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Why does the amount we use vary?

We all use water differently – our water use can depend on the number of people living in a house, whether we prefer baths or showers, whether we have a dishwasher and, if we have a garden, whether we use sprinklers hosepipes or a watering can. Some newly built properties have water meters, and tend to have more water efficient devices fitted as standard.

Water use can also vary because of the weather.  If there is a hot spell then we may water the garden more frequently or fill up a paddling pool

Daily water usage in litres (per person)

The graph shows daily water usage, in litres, for each company’s customers in the latest year.

      Daily water usage in litres (per person)​

      Source: Water UK

      Daily water usage in litres (per person)

      The graph shows daily water usage, in litres, for each company’s customers over the last three years.

          Daily water usage in litres (per person)​

          Source: Water UK

          Metered and non-metered consumption

          Less water is used in households with a meter compared to ones without.

          Customers with water meter
          127 litres per person per day

          Source: Water UK; England and Wales, Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

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          On average, customers on water meters use less than those not on a meter as they think more about their water use, as they can save money by saving water.

          The graph shows daily water usage, in litres, for each company’s metered and non-metered customers in the latest year.

              Source: Water UK

              Customers without water meter
              160 litres per person per day

              Source: Water UK; England and Wales, Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

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              On average customers on water meters use less than those not on a meter as they think more about their water use as they can save money by saving water.

              The graph shows daily water usage, in litres, for each company’s metered and non-metered customers in the latest year.

                  Source: Water UK

                  Source: Water UK; England and Wales, Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

                  On average, customers on water meters use less than those not on a meter as they think more about their water use, as they can save money by saving water.

                  The graph shows daily water usage, in litres, for each company’s metered and non-metered customers in the latest year.

                      Source: Water UK

                      On average customers on water meters use less than those not on a meter as they think more about their water use as they can save money by saving water.

                      The graph shows daily water usage, in litres, for each company’s metered and non-metered customers in the latest year.

                          Source: Water UK

                          Number of properties connected to public water supply network

                          25,750,187 Household and business properties

                          Source: Water UK; England and Wales, Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

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