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52 SUSTA I N A B I L I T Y & WAT E R S AV I N G The real benefits of water saving products Steve Smith, MD of The Bathroom Showroom for City Plumbing Supplies, discusses how modern product design is dispelling the myths surrounding sanitaryware and why the continued threat of water shortages is making their specification more important than ever Arising population, wastage and over use is making a serious and long-term water shortage, which far exceeds a summer hose pipe ban, a real possibility. This is particularly true in low lying areas of the south of England where groundwater and reservoirs are under additional pressure. With increasing demand having an impact on natural water supplies and the wider environment, consumer attitudes need to change if we’re going to avoid genuine problems in the future. A high percentage of homeowners are conscious of the amount of water they use on a daily basis, but are unclear on what this means in terms of waste and monetary value. One way they can make a positive contribution is through the use of water saving sanitaryware, but there is still a lack of awareness of the type of products that are available and how they can benefit the environment and their pocket. Incredibly efficient Despite having previously suffered from associations of poor performance, modern water saving sanitaryware is not only incredibly efficient, but shows no difference in flow or pressure, which means that financial and resource savings can be made without the user having to make a conscious modification to behaviour. Installers, merchants, and manufacturers must now get behind this message to kick-start a significant change in consumer attitudes. Homeowners often independently explore design options and have very clear expectations even before approaching a tradesman. As they will rarely even consider water usage or efficient features, it can be difficult to then make further recommendations. It’s therefore, important that an installer is fully equipped to show a good understanding of the current ranges on offer to help the homeowner to make the most informed decision possible. Tackling this issue doesn’t have to be a headache. A good merchant can ensure installers understand the advantages of each product and what it offers in terms of saving and delivery on performance. Simple adaptations With the media frequently reporting on rising bills and the costs associated with water meters, simple ways of saving money will become increasingly welcomed by customers – especially when it is through simple adaptions which don’t require a behavioural change. This should be the main point of conversation with homeowners, ensuring they realise that investing in products won’t take away from the functionality or appearance of the bathroom. Explaining this will definitely help to sell the products more effectively. Fortunately, the bathroom offers huge potential for water saving measures because every product can realistically be adapted to help reduce consumption. From showerheads to WCs, intelligent design coupled with the latest technologies can deliver noticeable changes to the amount of water being used and ultimately, lead to cost savings. Plus, as well as water saving features, just arguing for a high quality choice can have an impact. Quality sanitaryware and fittings can make a contribution to preventing leakages and, therefore, reducing the risk of unintentional wastage. This not only applies to large failures, but just simply preventing dripping taps which can waste around 5,500 litres a year. In addition to the quality of the product, a smart choice in terms of design can also help the homeowner to make savings and still achieve the look and performance they want. Choosing a shallower design for baths or wash basins, for example, can simply and discreetly allow the user to reduce daily usage by lowering the overall capacity. If the homeowner is open to the benefits of choosing sanitaryware with specific water saving features, the WC can be a good place to start. After all, toilets can use 30% of the total amount of water used in a household, with the average family flushing at least 5,000 times a year. Fortunately, there are effective solutions on the market. Models with delayed inlet valves allow the water level to drop in the cistern when flushed with the remaining water in the bowl held shut by a valve. As the water drains slowly, the valve can open and the cistern can refill reducing the run off of water. Dual flush options are also common on modern models and now widely seen in both domestic and commercial installations. Easily over looked, basin and bath taps also need to be considered. In addition to aerated taps, which you can also get as shower heads, many models feature dual settings or ‘eco click technology’. This makes it simple to choose between different flow rates with the low setting being the automatic option, which is ideal for general functions such as hand washing or teeth brushing. When a faster flow is needed, the tap is simply clicked into a more upright position. Fortunately, installers now have resources available to them such as, the bathroom showrooms that are available at many City Plumbing Supplies branches where this type of support and design advice can be accessed easily. Homeowners also receive impartial advice on how to save energy and money. Despite the potential for water savings being greatest in the bathroom, a lack of understanding regarding the true benefits of using efficient bathroom products continues to hamper this vital market. Ultimately, educating the homeowner on water usage will not only open up new business opportunities for the installer, but contribute towards a more efficient and sustainable housing stock in the UK. By using these products, improving efficiency in the bathroom couldn’t be simpler and will quickly lead to noticeable benefits for the homeowner and, therefore, a better overall service provided by the installer. www.hpmmag.com August 2016 enquiry number 137 Contemporary taps offer click options for reduced water and energy consumption WCs with an economical flush can save on average 53 litres of water per day


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