Since Sir John Harington invented the first flushable toilet in 1596, society has had the attitude that ‘out of sight is out of mind’. This goes for everything we flush down the ‘pan’, including the amount of water that helps it on its way.
Toilets use up to 30 percent of a household’s water supply over a year. An average person visits the toilet 2500 times a year, about 6-8 times a day. It is the home appliance that uses up the most amount of water, using up to 13 litres per flush.
Do we take the water we use for granted? When we push that little button, pull that handle – or if we’re really flash – wave our hand over the infrared sensor. We immediately forget where it goes or who has to deal with it next.
There is a common misconception that because it rains frequently in the UK, we have enough water to sustain the population….WRONG!!
The WWT PR19 challenge report (https://waterwise.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/WWT-Report-.pdf ) shows the average person uses 141 litres of water per day.
The report goes on to says that “As well as metering, water companies will be looking to drive numbers down by promoting water-saving gadgets, deploying educational campaigns (including in schools), and tackling customer-side leakage”.
However we can’t leave it to industry to fix the problems we cause. We all need to do our bit to help conserve our water supply and become more responsible for our individual demand.
With temperatures set to rise and as weather patterns become more unpredictable, large areas of the UK – including the South East – are going to become more and more water-stressed.
So how do we do it?
Now before you all go off and install either a smart meter, a rain harvesting system or £1500 eco toilet. All we are saying is to think about the small changes you can make that will have a huge impact in protecting our most valuable resource.
There are many areas C4 Plus drainage see as controllable. Be-it investing in infrastructure to avoiding burst drains or identifying problems before they happen using IOT technology to network national pipelines remotely. Nonetheless, the greatest impact would be to reduce our individual water consumption.
You may have heard the phrase “If its yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down” Although not perfect, we think they are words we can all learn from.
We’re not saying leave your pee in the toilet for days on end. However if every household of four in the UK flushed four times a day instead of eight (once every hour). That would be a saving of approximately 208 litres per day. Which is massive!
The knock on effect would be less water in the sewers, meaning less burst pipes, less digging up roads, less hosepipe bans and lower water rates.
So let’s think, don’t just watch as that water run away while you brush your teeth, and don’t just flush for the sake of it. Water is our responsibility and you would miss it if it were gone! Plus it’s fun to pee in the shower 😉
– Urine on a toilet seat is a pretty sterile liquid.
– In the Middle Ages, moss and leaves were used for toilet paper.
– Chinese have also built public toilets for dogs.
– The average desk has 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat.