Tap Chat: What kind of water user are you? Take the quiz

19 Nov 2018
By Unite Students, Staff writer at The Common Room

The average person uses 150 litres of water a day. But who wants to be average? This is one scenario where we should all be less than average, sub-par, below expectations.

To celebrate Tap Chat 2018, take our quiz to find out what type of water user you are. Then, look below for easy ways to use less water.

13 Easy ways to cut down on your water usage

What type of water user are you? However water efficient you are, it’s likely you could do even better with a few daily tweaks.

Skip to your type to see how you can use a lot less than 150 litres of water a day.

Busy Bee


Super Clean


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Busy Bee

When you're always rushing around, you haven’t got time to think about water use. So, start small before finding the time to tackle the bigger things.

Here are two simple things you can try to make a small difference:

  • Fill the kettle only with what you need

Making tea for one? Then you only need to fill the kettle to the minimum line. Any higher and you’re wasting water, any lower could be unsafe.

  • Boil your veg with the lid on

It only takes a second to plonk a lid on the pan, but you’ll lose less water to evaporation and your spuds will cook quicker.


Dishes in the sink, clothes on the floor, deadlines looming. Some people may call you lazy, but you just prefer an easy-going lifestyle.

Try these three things to cut back on the amount of water you use:

  • Turn the shower off while you lather up

Isn’t it annoying when you’re trying to lather up the shower gel, but the water keeps washing it away? Just turn the shower off while you lather, then pop it back on to rinse.

  • Wash a full load of clothes every time

Cram too much in and your clothes won’t get properly cleaned. But a half empty washing machine wastes a lot of water. Fill it up, but leave enough space for the clothes to tumble around.

  • Report a dripping tap

A dripping tap can waste as much as 5,500 litres of water a year. If you’ve got one, raise a maintenance request in the MyUnite app so we can come and fix it.

Super Clean

Looking fab feels great, as does having a sparkly clean room. But keeping up appearances can take a lot of work, and can use a lot of water too.

We’ve got three tips for cutting back on your water use:

  • Use the dual flush

Nobody likes toilet talk so we’ll get to the point: the little button is for liquids, the big button is for the other stuff. Also, if you have your own ensuite, remember: if it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down. Moving swiftly on.

  • Use a bowl in the sink when washing dishes

A full dishwasher is often the most eco-friendly way to clean the dishes. But if you don’t have one, use a washing up bowl full of hot soapy water instead of leaving the tap to run.


Daydreamers often have the best ideas. But they also have a tendency to lose track of time when showering, brushing teeth or doing the dishes.

Here’s how you can focus your efforts on saving water:

  • Get a shower timer

The average shower lasts a whopping eight minutes. Reduce yours to four minutes by getting a shower timer, or by playing your favourite four-minute song. When it’s over, so is your shower.

  • Turn the tap off while you brush your teeth

Aside from flushing the toilet less often, this is probably the single biggest thing you can do to save water. There’s no need at all to leave the tap running. None.

  • Get a water filter jug

Some taps take ages to run cold. Get a filtering water jug and keep it in the fridge, you’ll waste less water and have a cold, crisp drink whenever you want it.

Water Hero

You’ve nailed four-minute showers, you turn the tap off when brushing your teeth, and always wait until you have a full load before doing the laundry.

So go a step further with these pro-level water-saving solutions:

  • Report a leaky loo

A single leaking toilet can waste 400 litres of water a day. If yours is making a dripping or gurgling noise, it could be leaking. Tell us so we can get it fixed.

  • Buy organic cotton clothes

Organic cotton production doesn’t use less water - not initially. But it’s kinder on the soil, which means you don’t need to irrigate, saving water over time. Choose clothes brands that have achieved the Global Organic Textile Standard.

  • Go veggie

It takes far less water to produce veg than it does to rear meat. How much less? You need 15,000 litres to get a kilo of beef, but just 287 litres to get 1kg of potatoes. Going meat-free is your next challenge.

To celebrate Tap Chat 2018, take our quiz to find out what type of water user you are. Then, look below for easy ways to use less water.

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Staff writer at The Common Room