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Outdoor Chores

Keep it clean, but do it green

In London, residential water use increases by an average of 18% between May and September. The reason for this increase may be high water consumption activities - such as car and driveway washing, as well as outdoor pool usage.

Outdoor water chores - Did you know?

  • You can save up to 300 L of water each time you wash your car by using a bucket of water instead of a hose.
  • Wash your car on your lawn, the water used will water the grass an also prevent excess water going to the stormdrains.

Small things you can do to make a big difference in your water bill:

  • Use a bucket filled with water, instead of a running hose, for all outdoor washing.
  • Use water collected with a rain barrel for final rinsing.
  • Clean your driveway or sidewalk with a broom, rather than a hose.
  • Remove leaves and other debris with a broom.
  • Bathe your pets outdoors in an area in need of water.
  • Cover your pool with a solar cover when it's not in use. This has many advantages - it minimizes the amount of water lost to evaporation; keeps the water warm; and keeps your pool cleaner - reducing the amount of chemicals needed.
  • If you install an ornamental water feature - such as a fountain - ensure the water used is recycled and that the feature is situated where water loss due to evaporation and wind is minimized.
  • Check all of your outside taps, hoses, faucets, and sprinklers for leaks. Stopping a drip can save a lot of water.
  • Limit the amount of water you use to water your lawn. Grass only requires 25 mm or 1 inch of water per week to encourage deep, strong root growth to allow for the lawn to manage hot, dry periods in summer.
  • Ensure your outdoor water supply is turned off in the winter as frozen pipes can burst, which wastes water and causes a lot of damage to your home.


Grate idea - protect our environment:

  • Wash your car or bike over grass or gravel to prevent any soapy runoff from going directly into the storm sewer grate.
  • Use permeable surfaces for your driveway to allow run-off to sink into the ground rather than entering the storm water system.

Stormwater - Did you know?

The storm water system collects rainwater, melted snow, and surface water through storm grates that drain directly into the nearest creek, river or lake.

  • Storm water is not treated before it reaches our waterways.
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