Brown is the new green - for gardens

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Did you know letting garden lawns go brown during dry weather can save significant amounts of water?

Scottish Water has put out the call to let lawns go brown as a way to help protect water resources, especially during dry weather. Domestic water demand in Scotland has increased by 20%, leading to an additional 150 million litres of water being distributed into the network every day - the equivalent of 75 Olympic-sized swimming pools or 1.8 million baths each day.

"Water is always worth saving, so we would ask everyone to do all they can in and around the home and garden to help us keep water flowing normally to their taps.”

Kes Juskowiak, Scottish Water.

In a bid to encourage water saving, Scottish Water is advising customers to:

  • Let their garden lawns go brown during the dry weather as a temporary measure to save significant amounts of water
  • Use a watering can instead of a garden hose or sprinklers
  • Take shorter showers
  • Turn off the tap while brushing teeth
  • Use washing machines and dishwashers only when fully loaded
  • Use a bucket and sponge to wash the car

“We believe that a large part of the additional water use is within gardens so we would ask that customers are mindful of how much water they use in outdoor spaces such as lawns," explains Kes Juskowiak, general manager of customer water services at Scottish Water.

“One tip would be for customers to let their garden lawns go brown during the dry weather because its appearance will be temporary and it will recover, but not watering lawns will help save significant amounts of water."

Scottish Water posts facts, tips and activities on social media to raise awareness about why we need to save water. More information on saving water is available at