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Then & Now

A cartoon of a boy taking a bath.

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.

  • Item
  • How much water it uses
  • Taking a bath
  • 105 litres
  • Taking a shower
  • 21 litres
  • Flushing a toilet
  • 9 litres
  • Washing face/hands
  • 5 litres
  • Getting a drink
  • 1 litre
  • Brushing teeth
  • 2 litres
  • Washing clothes
  • 107 litres per wash
  • Dishwashers
  • 37 litres per wash
  • Watering the garden
  • 15 litres per minute
  • Washing the car
  • 100 litres per wash

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.


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