Household water consumption can be reduced by at least half by installing low flow taps. Fitting a low flow shower head to your shower will do the same job. The average shower will use around 15 litres of water a minute. Installing low flow showerheads and taps can reduce the amount of water we consume by around 50-70%, bringing the shower flow for example down to 6-9 litres a minute, without compromising on water pressure. For an average shower length of 8 minutes this can save 60 litres of water. There is also the added benefit of corresponding energy and carbon savings.
What you need to know:
- Low-flow showerheads and taps are simple to install
- There are many styles and features are available, including flow-adjusting dials and a pause button for lathering up before returning to the same temperature and pressure
- Payback period for shower heads is around 6 months or less depending on the cost of your shower head. The payback period for taps is considerably longer because less water passes through taps and the unit cost for taps is higher in comparison
- Tap aerators can be installed to your existing taps instead of replacing the entire tap. Most modern tap spouts (faucet) are threaded to accept aerators