Blog Post: Thursday May 02, 2019

WaterSafe taps into water efficiency for Water Saving Week

WaterSafe taps into water efficiency for Water Saving Week

WaterSafe, the UK body for approved plumbers, is proudly supporting “Tap Thursday” this Water Saving Week. Julie Spinks, director of WaterSafe, explains why leaky taps shouldn’t be ignored and how keeping taps clean will help protect the taste and quality of your drinking water.

“Water Saving Week is all about the small things we can do at home, at work and in our communities to collectively make a big difference.

With water resources increasingly under strain it’s really important that everyone plays their part to help.

It’s easy to treat the drip, drip, drip of a leaky tap as ‘white noise’ and ignore it, but when you know that doing so wastes thousands of litres of water a year – not to mention adding to water bills – it’s time to take action!”

How many of our top tap tips can you tick off our list this week?

  1. Fix dripping taps, which can waste up to 5,500 litres a year – that’s enough to fill a paddling pool every week for the whole summer.
  2. Don’t leave taps running when you’re brushing your teeth to save 24 litres of water per person per day – around 8,760 litres a year.
  3. Fit water-efficient taps and check whether they are approved by WRAS (or an equivalent scheme) to keep your drinking water healthy.
  4. Know where your stop tap is to turn your water off in an emergency.
  5. Use a bowl or plug to use less tap water when washing up or preparing food.

It’s also important to keep taps clean inside and out with a mild detergent, to keep your drinking water tasting fresh and wholesome. Take a look at our recent water quality film to find out more about how strange tastes and smells can affect your tap water, and what you can do to prevent them. 

Need help fixing leaks? Always use an approved plumber

WaterSafe approved plumbers are trained to work safely with your drinking water, and can also advise you on water efficient fixtures and fittings for your home. For peace of mind and to find an approved plumber near you visit

We’ll be posting #TapThursday videos, challenges and more on social media so please share our #TapTips on Twitter @WatersafeUK and Facebook @WaterSafeRegister to help us spread the word.