Looking To Save Water?
Water saving technology for households include:
Low flow or energy-efficient shower heads as they ultimately use less energy.
Low-flush toilets and composting toilets. These have a dramatic impact in the developed world as standard or conventional toilets use large volumes of clean, treated water.
Dual flush toilets offer the option of different levels of water and can reduce consumption by up to 67% over an ordinary mechanism.Low flush toilets are not only really useful for residential homes but can also offer massive savings to business.Water saving for businesses can include the following:
Represents the largest use of water in households accounting for around 30% of total domestic use. Apply these sort of figures to businesses and multi-occupied premises and the savings can be enormous. The Water Supply(Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 reduced the levels of water in new toilets to 6 litres ,but in existing housing stock the toilets flush 7.5 litres or more.
Retrofitting variable toilet flushing devices convert an existing single flush siphon cistern to a variable flush one, allowing for water saving and easy maintenance without the need to replace the complete toilet.Cistern displacement devices.
These are offered free by Water Companies as a quick fix but unfortunately do not offer a good solution as they are not that effective and can lead to double flushing.Businesses
Water used in your offices and commercial properties is an operational cost to your company and can easily be reduced, saving you money on your water bill and your energy bills, by using less heated water.Toilets in Business
Convert existing systems to dual flush units wherever possible and save 2-3 litres per flush. Check all toilets to make sure they are not running out the overflow and are not running into the bowl.Urinals
An unmanaged cistern flushes four times an hour, 24hrs a day using 315 m* at a cost of £500 per year. Reducing the frequency of flushing allows this figures to be reduced to 36m* which is just £57 a year.Water Stress
Areas of the UK like the South and South East already are stressed with a finite water supply. The drought of 2004-2006 showed that the only way to conserve water was to manage its use and impose blanket bans of the use of domestic and agricultural use. This is not going to be a one off as the more water pressures from population and climate change are only going to further create issues in the future.
The future is not bright and by 2080 it is predicted that we will receive half as much rainfall in the South East in the summer months. We all need to plan ahead and do our part to decrease the risks.Water Meters
They are far more common in most other European countries and offer a fair way to pay for what you consume and introduces a financial incentive to save water. Metering causes households to be water efficient and evidence shows by fitting a meter consumption is reduced by 10%. It also can be combined with an number of other technologies to offer a really good package.
Did you know?
The Environment Agency has developed a methodology for identifying and classifying relative levels of water stress in water company areas in England. The Government has used this map to designate areas of serious water stress for the purpose of accelerating water metering.