Water Saving Week

Can our welfare units help you save water?

Water is a precious, finite resource. It’s only renewable if it is well managed – and it can’t be taken for granted. Climate change is leading to more and more extreme weather events such droughts, and as a result, water supply is becoming more unpredictable.

Reducing our water use can help to limit the impact on the climate, so it’s essential that we all do our bit to conserve water – both at home and at work.

Do you know how much water you use in a typical day? A survey by Waterwise showed that 85% of people don’t know how much water they use. If they guess, they will usually give a figure well below the actual amount.

In fact, the average UK household uses approximately 330 litres of water every day. That equates to 140 litres per person.

Water Saving Week is a virtual, UK-wide event which is taking place this week. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the need for water conservation and offer tips and advice to help you reduce your consumption.

If you want to get to grips with water consumption at home and at work, we’ve put together our top 5 quick and easy tips to help you reduce the amount of water you use every day.

 

At Home

1. Shave time off your shower

  • The average showerhead uses 12 litres of water every minute, while power showers use approximately 15 litres. With the average shower taking around 10 minutes, that equates to 150 litres of water every time
  • Low flow showerheads reduce that to around 6 litres per minute, whilst still giving you the feel of a normal shower.
  • Spending one minute less in the shower each day not only saves water – it can also reduce your energy bills by around £8 per person, per year.

2. Wash on cool

  • Always make sure that your dishwasher and washing machine are full before you use them, and check the settings to find out which cycles are the most eco-friendly.
  • When buying a washing machine, check the specifications for water use – the most efficient models use less than 7.5 litres per kg.
  • You can also save energy by washing clothes at 30 degrees.
Water Saving Week

3. Greener gardens

  • Make your green space more water-wise by collecting rainwater to water your plants and shrubs. You can even use bath water – just don’t add too many bubbles or bath oils as you soak.
  • Don’t water your lawn. Even if your grass goes brown during hotter weather, it will bounce back quickly once it rains.

Sprinklers use around 1,000 litres of water per hour. If you do need a sprinkler, try to use it in the early morning or evening, when evaporation rates are lower.

 

In the workplace

4. Finetune your facilities

  • Once a year, it’s worth investing time in a thorough audit of your equipment and facilities, to see if anything is in need of an upgrade. Although improving your facilities might require a financial outlay, you’ll more than likely find that you save your business money in the long run, through greater efficiencies and lower water and energy bills.
  • For example, if your business has old-style urinals, they can waste hundreds of litres per hour. If you are replacing outdated equipment, be sure to incorporate a control device. This can reduce water consumption by 70 per cent, by stopping the flushing when the facilities are not in use.
  • If you have on-site welfare units, are they as eco-friendly as they could be? Our Oasis Ecologic Solar units feature non-concussive taps as standard. Sometimes known as self-closing taps, push down taps or press taps, they deliver a timed flow of water, reducing waste and making them ideal for use on busy sites.
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5. Look out for leaks

  • Leaks can be deceptive. What seems like a small trickle can really add up in terms of water wastage. For example, modern dual flush toilets can often leak due to sticky buttons or passing valves and this can waste more than 250 litres an hour. Check all the toilets in your premises for leaks – you will usually see a trickle of water running down the back of the pan.
  • Likewise, dripping taps can waste a lot of water, and it’s often just a case of replacing the washer, which costs pennies to change but will save you pounds (and litres).

 

To find out more about how our award-winning welfare units could help save money, energy and water on your site, just visit us here, or get in touch with our team by calling 01268 972654 or email: sales@advante.co.uk.

To learn more about Water Saving Week, visit www.waterwise.org.uk/wsw.

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