Top tips for Water Saving Week

Businesses and organisations are being urged to get a conversation flowing with an approved plumber to save water, energy and money during Water Saving Week (17–21 May). WaterSafe, the register of approved plumbers supported by UK water companies, is partnering with water efficiency experts Waterwise to support their annual campaign, which this year focuses on reducing water use by businesses and organisations.

The campaign is encouraging everyone to have conversations about saving water and how this can also save energy and money on metered bills – playing an important role in helping the UK reduce its carbon footprint.

It is estimated that around a third of all the water supplied in the UK is used outside homes, in businesses, hotels, gyms etc and non-domestic water use is responsible for 28 million kg of CO2 emissions every month. That’s why WaterSafe is supporting Waterwise’s call to ‘Talk to your approved plumber about saving water’ on Wednesday 19 May during Water Saving Week.

Julie Spinks, director of WaterSafe, says: “WaterSafe is proud to support Water Saving Week for the sixth year running as saving water is so important as we start to feel the effects of climate change. Having a conversation with an approved plumber is a great starting point for anyone responsible for water efficiency in their workplace or community.

“Plumbers registered with WaterSafe are supported by their local water company – so it makes good business-sense to tap into their knowledge, especially when it comes to using water-saving fixtures and fittings.

“Putting simple water-efficient measures in now will also help you save money and protect the environment by getting closer to net zero carbon emissions.”

WaterSafe approved plumber Steve Bartin (pictured) recommends getting started with the following top tips:

  • Fix leaky or dripping taps  – one leaky tap alone can waste up to 5,500 litres of water a year – which all adds to your business’s water bills if you’re on a meter.
  • Do a leaky loo test  – around 1 in 10 of toilets at work are wasting water.
  • Ask for a water audit with your local water company or retailer to help break down your water usage.
  • Consider water-saving fixtures and fittings such as taps and showers with flow restrictors or aerators, which use less water.
  • Know where your building’s stop tap is to turn your water off in an emergency, such as a burst pipe.
  • Research water- and energy-efficient bathroom products by checking the Unified Water Label.

Listen in to conversations with Steve Bartin and WaterSafe Director Julie Spinks on saving water at watersafe.org.uk/water_efficiency

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