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New research released by the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WRAS) reveals that UK householders are putting off fixing simple plumbing issues like leaky toilets and dripping taps, which can lead to huge water wastage. The survey found that 27% of Brits would wait over a week to fix a dripping tap – the equivalent of 168 litres of wasted water. The same survey also found that 22% of Brits would wait in excess of four days to fix a leaky loo which can waste up to 400 litres of water per day.
Around 400 million litres of water are estimated to leak from UK toilets every day, which is enough water to supply 2.8 million people – the populations of Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool and Bristol combined. It is estimated that fixing leaky loos alone could contribute around 10% of the additional water capacity needed to cope with an extreme drought in England by 2050.
Julie Spinks, managing director of WRAS, comments: “Four days might not seem like a very long time to wait before fixing a plumbing problem, but this level of delay can lead to huge water wastage, as well as potential damage to the home and increased bills. We all have a duty to use water more wisely and consider the impact we have on the environment. When a plumbing problem first arises, a quick call to a local approved plumber can not only give you peace of mind but also help ease the burden on the environment.”