#WorldWaterDay has taken place on the 22nd March every year since 1993. It’s a global event designed to raise awareness of the value of water in all our lives. This year World Water Day will be celebrated in an online event with high profile speakers discussing the global water crisis and the Sustainable Development Goal of ‘Water and Sanitation for all by 2030’.
The event kick starts many other industry debates closer to home on the subject during March. The Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) are running a Leaky Loos event raising awareness of how much water is currently lost this way and asking consumers to #GetLavvySavvy and start having their toilets regularly serviced. Waterwise.org.uk also held a conference last week on ‘Mainstreaming water efficiency to avert a UK water crisis’ and both the Unified Water Label organisation and the BMA are hosting their own round table events across the month.
Water is certainly a precious resource and we waste far too much of it in this country, but we need a behavioural change to make any real difference. We hear every day about climate change and the importance for the future in protecting our environment and most of us feel powerless in making a big difference. But #SavingWater is something we can all do easily as homeowners and especially as a skilled plumber.
Regularly maintained Loos certainly help save water, but it is estimated that 34% of all water used in the home is through showering and bathing and here is where the fitting of a flow regulator or PCA can help. Today these small devices can be retrofitted and inserted at the end of a tap spout or upstream of the shower outlet, to reduce and regulate the water flow. A standard shower will produce around 18 litres of water a minute and yet an equally comfortable shower is possible from a shower head delivering around 12 litres of water. If one considers a 7-minute shower a day that’s over 15,000 litres of water saved by one person in a year. Add to that the savings that can be made by reducing the flow in bathroom and cloakroom taps, which are often just used for cleaning teeth and hands and the savings really add up. And if you’re saving the amount of water used, you’re also saving the energy that heats it!
A clever little flow regulator device is technically engineered and has an integral dynamic control ring (DCR) at its core. As water flows through it and as the pressure fluctuates the DCR deforms into the core of the flow regulator, either reducing or increasing the size of the orifice, to enable a stable and constant flow, independent of pressure. To retro fit a flow regulator or PCA can be an easy job for a plumber, they simply need to obtain the right advice as to which product to fit to retain adequate performance and they need to purchase a simple tool to fit it. A quick simple fix to help save water and the environment. Neoperl UK is a huge manufacturer of these devices and whilst they manufacture many different sizes they advise that most UK taps and showers are compatible with just a handful of sizes.
SO why not offer your customers a ‘Water Saving Audit’
- Assess water flow rates for all taps, showers & urinals and propose changes to reduce flow for relevant appliances.
- Assess whether flow regulators and/or aerators can be installed in any taps and showers.
- Service the toilet to ensure it is functioning correctly to prevent any ‘leaky loos’.
Check out how to install Neoperl products at https://www.youtube.com/user/NeoperlGroup and www.neoperl.com and view the BMA #GetLavvySavvy at https://bathroom-association.org.uk/getlavvysavvy/