Are you wasting water?

Wasting water isn’t just bad for the environment, it’s bad for bottom lines. Find out where you could be pouring pounds down the drain.


• Some of the key areas where consumption can be reduced in licensed premises are toilets, taps, urinals, showers and water used outside. Significant savings can be achieved through fitting simple technology or merely changing behaviours around water use.

• An inefficient or leaking toilet can waste 400 litres per day on average, that’s around 12,000 litres per month, which equates to £26.02 per month or £312.24 per annum – per toilet.

• On average an unmanaged urinal cistern flushes four times an hour, 24 hours a day, using 315,000 litres of water per annum. Reducing the flush frequency and preventing flushing out of hours can reduce this to 36,000 litres. Installing PIR (passive infra-red) controls to the urinals means flushing only occurs after the urinals have been used, saving water and money by ensuring water is not wasted during quiet periods, overnight or at weekends.

• Repairing a dripping tap could save around nine litres of water per day. In most instances all that is required is a new washer.

– Alan Munro, Thames Water Commercial Services.