We are all under pressure to reduce our water usage; this is because the population is growing and changes in environmental conditions. Apparently, we’ll have water shortages in the next 50 years.
Reducing water usage is however beneficial to householders as it means lower water bills (especially those on a water meter)
You can save water by installing a low flow showerhead.
Where To Buy A Low Flow Showerhead
Low-flow showerheads can be bought from your local DIY store or online. They start at under £20.
How To Fit A Low-Flow Showerhead
Once you’ve purchased a low flow showerhead, you simply unscrew your old shower head from the flexible hose and screw in your new low flow showerhead. If the connection feels loose or waters leaking at the attachment get some PTFE tape (can be purchased cheaply at the DIY store or online) and wrap around the thread of the showerhead a few times. This will give you an ultra snug fit.
How Low Flow Shower Heads Save Water
Your brand new low flow showerhead restricts the amount of water that flows through the head.
There are two different types of low flow showerhead mechanisms
The first type utilises smaller holes than the traditional showerhead which forces water out at a higher pressure. Using less water but still providing an excellent shower.
The second type restricts the flow of water and uses air to force it out at high pressure. Less water’s used, and you still get a satisfying shower.
How Much Water Will You Save?
Low-flow showerheads can cut your shower water usage in half. The average UK shower uses around 60 to 70 litres per shower. Install a low flow showerhead, and you’ll be using around 30 to 35 L of water per shower.
A big difference and a big saving, if you have a water metre, you’ll notice the difference when you get your next water bill.
To get the most out of low flow showerhead, you’ll need adequate water pressure. If you have an electric shower (which run off the mains supply) and you have poor water pressure, you may find a low flow head inadequate. If your household water pressures standard to good, you won’t be disappointed.