How do we use water today?
In Victorian times, many people did not have piped water in their homes. They fetched it in buckets from a pump or bought it from water carriers who fetched a barrel of water around on a cart.
Today, water is delivered to our homes by pipes and each person in the South West uses an average of 150 litres of water a day. This figure has risen by 70% in the last 30 years.
We need clean water for all sorts of reasons. This is the average amount of water used for different purposes in the South West.
1. Study the figures above and look for reasons why we use so much water today.
2. Draw a chart to show how much water is used in your home in an average day, based on the figures given. You will need to keep a record of how many times you do each of the activities which are listed. For example, if you brush your teeth twice a day, that uses 2 x 2 litres = 4 litres in total.