Dishwashers part of solution to prevent water scarcity

Beginning of August means full summer in the Northern hemisphere. In large parts of the world the water scarcity becomes particularly alarming this time of the year. Dishwashers offer a solution to ease this scarcity. Washing by hand is far less water efficient than using a modern dishwasher.

At, everyone can calculate how much water could be saved in households, cities and 22 European countries if modern dishwashers were used as opposed to washing dirty dishes by hand. At, the website comes in a US version.

Electrolux most efficient dishwasher consumes 2.27 liters of water to wash a daily number of dishes. Conversely, an average of 10.5 liters of water is consumed per person per day when washing the equivalent amounts of dishes by hand, according to 2009 findings from the University of Bonn, Germany. If all residents in Europe made the switch from manual to automated cleaning, it would be possible to save more than 990 million m3 of fresh water a year. That is enough to provide Denmark with water for a year.

Since there is less water to heat up, less energy is also needed. In addition to this, the consumers also save time and money.

For information on how much energy, water and money could be saved and CO2 emissions reduced if everyone changed their more than 10 year old appliances, to new efficient ones, please visit and

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