According to recent research out of Britain, women can waste up to 50 billion litres of water a year shaving their legs. That's around 30 litres of water per shower, based on the assumption it takes around three minutes to shave each leg. Collectively, that amount of water could supply the entire London metropolis with 25 days worth of water during a drought.
If you're suddenly feeling guilty about your water use, you're not alone -- cases of "water guilt" are on the rise among city-dwellers who feel a bit remorseful over their extravagant lifestyles.
"Our research proves the majority of people have a "water conscience," with more than 90 per cent of people saying they would feel guilty about wasting water," researchers from Thames Water says in a statement. "We now need to help our customers use even less of it, which is why we've created something a bit different, rather than trotting out the same old water-saving tips."
Of course, no one is advocating you should stop showering. But, at the very least, do your part to reduce your water consumption. This means shutting off the water while you shave -- the same goes for men.
Here are some other tips for saving water:
-- Turn the water off while you're brushing your teeth.
-- If it's yellow, let it mellow. There's no need to flush your toilet every single time. You should also check if your local government has some sort of toilet rebate program for low-flush toilets.
-- While you're upgrading your toilet, why not upgrade your washing machine, too? A front loader uses half the water a top loader does. And only do laundry when you're so desperate for clothes you're wearing your bikini bottoms as underwear.
-- Become an expert at packing the dishwasher. Don't run it until every single last inch of space is taken up. That thing uses 14 litres of water every time you run it!
Sure, these are relatively small steps, but they can really add up. Got any water-saving tips of your own? Let us know below.