Water Use


Climate change and population growth are increasing pressures on water resources in the UK. A recent Water UK report identified that we are facing longer, more frequent droughts – and will face more acute droughts in future than previously thought – right across the UK (Waterwise).

Due to the recent dry weather conditions, some water companies have announced Temporary Usage Bans (TUBs) / hosepipe bans across regions of the UK. Some of these TUBs have rules that may affect recreational boating related activities, find further information on the RYA website. However, the restrictions for each area often differ between water companies, so it is advisable to check your water supplier’s website for details.



  • Install tap aerators wherever possible (reducing amount of water used by up to 80%) and watersaver shower heads which typically halve flow rates while still providing a powerful shower.
  • Use plugs in basins and fill the basin rather than use running water
  • Maintain water lines and fix any dripping taps.
  • Consider buying products which score well on the water efficiency product labelling scheme.
  • Avoid installing water appliances such as washing machines if you are not living aboard or you are only using your boat for 1-2 weeks at a time. Clean clothes at home, which will also minimise the cleaning products entering and polluting our waters.


  • Encourage your club, marina or harbour office to install water saving devices, e.g. Trigger Nozzles, Aerated Shower Heads, Cistern Displacement Devices and rainwater harvesters.
  • Do not leave the hose running unnecessarily when filling up your water tanks or washing down your boat.
  • Report any water leaks to your club, marina or harbour office so they can fix them as soon as possible.


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