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Make water efficiency your new year’s resolution

3rd January 2017

It’s simple…when you save water your save money on your bill and you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint too. Here’s our top tips to help get you started.

Monitor your water use

  • Check your bills for unusually high use
  • If you can access your water, check it regularly to help you spot leaks
  • Regularly check remotely located buildings and pipework so that leaks don’t go unnoticed
  • We can install smart meters, providing continuous graphical consumption information to help you to better understand your water use
  • Don’t have time to review your consumption? With our Active Water Management service®, we’ll do it for you!

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  • If you have multiple sites then compare their water usage to identify best practice for water minimisation.

Check for leaks 

  • Check for underground pipe leaks and leaks from internal plumbing, outdoor taps, sprinklers and hoses.
  • Consider installing automatic leak detectors to turn off the water supply when the device notices unusual water consumption.

Reduce water use for flushing

  • Older cisterns may use up to 13 litres of water for every flush, compared to flush volumes of 6 litres or less for new models. Reduce the amount of water used for each toilet flush by inserting displacement devices in the cistern. For advice on to how to fit a displacement device see our guide. Alternatively, old style single-flush toilets can be replaced with more water-efficient models.
  • Where dual-flush cisterns are installed, place a clearly visible notice to explain how to operate both flushes to prevent incorrect operation and wastage.
  • New toilets may have overflows or leaks that discharge directly into the pan which may not be noticed or reported. Identify toilets with internal overflows and regularly check for discharge.

Reduce water use for urinal flushing

  • Urinals can use considerably less water than flushing toilets, so install adequate numbers in all male toilet areas. Ensure urinals are running economically. For advice on how to carry out urinal flow reduction, see our guide.

Reduce water use from taps

  • Fix any leaking taps – a dripping tap can waste 5,000 litres a year, while a replacement tap washer only costs a few pence.
  • Fit water saving aerators on taps or self-closing push taps and hoses.
  • Reduce the flow of water from taps; in-line servicing valves with flow restriction reduce wastage and make maintenance easier.

Reduce the flow of water from any on-site showers

  • If a shower fills an 8-litre bucket in less than 40 seconds, you could benefit from replacing the showerhead with a more a more water efficient model.

Make washing more efficient

  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full.
  • If you have to do a wash, match the programme to the size of the load.
  • If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing – newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
  • If your dishwasher is old, check it doesn’t leak.

Make processes more efficient

  • Optimise your cooling systems and water softeners to save both water and chemicals.

Reduce watering of gardens and grounds

  • Choose plants that don’t need much watering.
  • Use water saving products such as water retention granules.
  • Learn how to shut off your automatic watering system in case it malfunctions or you get an unexpected rain.
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