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.

Free water saving tips include simply educating people not to waste water when using taps and other devices. We're not suggesting that you have to stop drinking water but how you use the water in your home can make a big different to your water efficiency. Water use can be reduced simply by taking a shower instead of a bath, or by turning off the tap water when brushing your teeth in the early morning or last thing at night. When being waterwise is applied to your daily life then it is possible to save water without spending any money at all. 

When it comes to shower-time although showers with aerated showerheads are more efficient, if you do take very long showers you will still use a lot of water. If possible take shorter showers. If you feel your family are using too much water, or that your water bill is too high, then it is worth using a water calculator to see if your usage is deemed normal. If you are using too much water then there are a number of water saving products that can be installed to help you use less water.

Being aware of water resources can be important when using household devices such as the washing machine and dishwasher. Only using these devices when you have a full load will also help save both on water consumption and the energy use to heat the hot water. 

In the garden, one great method of reducing water usage is by reducing garden hose use. Instead we recommend using a water butt that collects rain water, and use a watering can. You'll be surprised how quickly a water butt will refill itself from rain fall. This is also great in the summer in regions where it is common to have a hose-pipe ban as you'll still be able to water your plants. Water quality from the taps is very high, and there is no good reason to use this in the garden, especially when fairly fresh water can be retained from other sources of relatively clean water, such as rainfall. If you must water your garden with a hose it is better to do so in the late afternoon, or the early evening, especially on sunny days, since the plants will get the best benefit from the water and it will suffer less evaporation from the sun.

For individuals looking to go to maximum lengths to save water, then look at grey water recycling. Water recycling system and technology has become more common in the UK lately. For example, grey water can be reused in the garden, or pumped to the toilet cistern in some systems. You'll save a huge amount of water with a water recycling system and will go a long way towards you hitting your recycling targets.

Water saving devices for businesses can include the following:

Toilet flushing

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 some times offered for free from your water company 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. This helps prevent additional water waste.

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

If you really want to save money install a water meter. 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.

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.