As much as we love the Isle of Man, it’s hardly the Costa del Sol: so it’s easy to feel like water conservation is an issue for those lucky enough to live in the sunnier climates. Yet, if you’ve been around the reservoirs in a dry spell, you’ll know that water is not an infinite resource. But it’s not just during the dry months when we need to worry about our water usage. The water that comes from our taps hasn’t just fallen from the sky: to assure it is safe, it has been treated and then pumped to our homes. For water saving week, we’ve teamed up with Manx Utilities and have compiled five easy tips to help reduce the water you waste.

I like big butts and I cannot lie…

If you are a keen gardener, a water butt is one of the best ways to save water. Not only will you save energy, your plants will also thank you: turns out, they prefer their eau au naturale!

If it’s yellow, let it mellow…

It’s not the most glamorous of rhymes, but reducing the amount of times we flush the loo can have a serious impact on your water wastage. Obviously, if it’s brown, flush it down: you don’t want your Mum storming in while you’re singing Cher Lloyd by Cher Lloyd. 

While we’re discussing loos, a dual flush system is another great way to reduce your water usage: granted – do you know what button to press?

Time to chill

There’s nothing grottier than a lukewarm glass of water, in my opinion. However, there’s a lot of water wasted when we wait for the water to cool. There’s a really easy solution to this: simply bottle your water from the tap and pop it in the fridge. 

Fix the leaks

A leak is annoying, but it can also result in a lot of wasted water and energy. Getting those leaks fixed can save a huge amount of water. If you’ve got a leak, contact your plumber, or email

No half loads

If you’ve watched Derry Girls, you’ll know that Ma Mary was dead against half loads in the washing machine- “it goes against everything I believe in”. She was onto something: half loads aren’t energy efficient and are bad for the environment. Assuring that your washing machine and dishwashers are fully-loaded before you pop them on can have a great impact on the amount of water that you use. Many washing machines and dishwashers also have ecowash settings, which means saving water and electricity is as easy as pressing a button.

It can be really overwhelming to think about climate change, and it’s very easy to feel like our actions don’t make a difference. But by reducing the amount of water we waste, we can have a significant impact not only on the environment generally, but specifically on the Isle of Man. Reducing our water usage is a simple but effective way to contribute to combating climate change. 


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