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Get water smart: eco active campaign

Get involved with the get water smart campaign

This campaign is all about water. We want you to:

  • use less water
  • keep water clean

Use less water

To get involved think about the water you use. For 90% of the Jersey population some, or all, of the water they use comes from Jersey Water. If you are one of the 90% then you pay for every drop of water you use. It makes sense to use less and save money. The average person in the UK directly uses 150 litres of water every day. Only 6 litres are actually used for drinking or cooking. 

 It's not just the water that comes out of your tap or shower that you use. Water is used in everything we do or consume from growing the food we eat to making the products we use. Our water use including indirect use is 3,400 litres of water every day. Of our total water usage:

  • 74% in food production
  • 23% industrial use
  • 3% domestic use

Planet earth has over a billion trillion litres of water. But the amount that is available to use is miniscule. If we put all the world's water into a 4 litre jug the fresh water available to us would equal one tablespoon. Visit our save water page for more information on saving water.

Keep it clean

There were more than 40 oil pollution incidents in Jersey during 2015. Approximately 8,000 litres of oil polluted the Island. Visit our oil pollution page find out how you could prevent pollution.

Find out more about the Blue fish campaign and how it protects our Island's streams, ponds and reservoirs  to help us promote

Water facts

  • if the entire world's water were fit into a 4 litre jug, the fresh water available for us would equal only about one tablespoon
  • Jersey Water supplies about 7,000,000 m3 of water to their business and domestic customers per year
  • since life began, we have had the same amount of water on the planet. The water from your tap could contain molecules that dinosaurs drank
  • Jersey’s untreated water resources have some of the highest concentrations of nitrate in water in the whole of Europe. Approximately half of all samples taken from either surface or groundwater contain more than 50 mg/l nitrate
  • the last drought period in Jersey was in 2003

It takes:

  • 17,196 litres of water to produce 1kg of chocolate
  • 15,415 litres for 1 kg of beef
  • 8,000 litres to produce a pair of jeans
  • 4,325 litres for 1kg chicken meat
  • 196 litres for one egg
  • 109 litres for a glass of wine (250mm measure)
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