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Reduce water use

Inexpensive controls

These simple, inexpensive controls are easy to install or retrofit and can significantly reduce water use:

  • push taps or automatic sensor taps which run for a limited period
  • flow regulators and restrictors for taps and showers
  • water displacement devices for toilet cisterns
  • spray nozzles on hoses
  • efficient, low-flush toilets
  • urinal controls to avoid constant flushing

Washroom tips

Toilets - If you have traditional, large cistern toilets fitted before January 2001 that are not dual flush, you can save hundreds of pounds a year simply by reducing the cistern capacity. A litre bottle of water can do the job, or ask us about free displacement devices, such as Save-a-Flush bags.

If you have modern, post 2001, low volume single or dual flush valve toilets with internal overflows, check that nothing is leaking into the pan between flushes.

Urinals – Continuous flushing is a major cause of high consumption and high water bills in commercial buildings. Make sure your urinals have controls that minimise flushing when the building is empty. Every flush can use from nine to over 20 litres of water.

A nine-litre tank flushing ten times an hour uses three quarters of a million litres a year, costing around £1,000 a year.

If you do have controls on urinals, it’s worth checking them. The batteries can run out or they may stop working for other reasons.

Taps - Make sure that no taps are dripping. You can also save on water by fitting spray taps or spray tap converters. Alternatively you can reduce the pressure to basins or replace conventional taps with push taps.

Free devices

We have some water-saving devices, such as water displacement devices for toilet cisterns, available to businesses free of charge.

But hurry – we only have a limited supply! Please call 01202 590059.

Examples of savings

Type of business Average amount Best practice amount Per
Office 9,300 litres 6,400 litres person per year
Nursing home 80,600 litres 68,500 litres resident per year
School (without a pool) 3,800 litres 2,7000 litres pupil per year

(Source: Environment Agency)



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