Ignoring a leaky loo could treble water bills, warns WaterSafe

To mark World Plumbing Day on 11 March, WaterSafe, the UK’s register of approved contractors working with drinking water, is warning people not to ignore a leaky loo.

Even a small trickle can waste up to 400 litres of water every day and cost the bill payer up to £400 extra per year, according to a statement.

The company have said that it’s easy to check if your loo is leaking – the water may run or drip down the back of the pan and into the toilet bowl, or the toilet might start re-filling randomly when it hasn’t been used it for a while.

Another way to tell is to wait 30 minutes after flushing, then run a piece of tissue around the back of the bowl. If it becomes wet this may indicate a leak. Other signs to look out for are dripping overflow pipes, located on an outside wall.

Julie Spinks, director of WaterSafe, said: “I understand it’s easy to ignore a leaky loo and put off fixing it until another day, but people are potentially wasting a lot of money if they have a water meter and pay for what they use, as well as wasting a lot of water.

“I’d recommend always using an approved plumber to fix a leaky loo, as drinking water can be contaminated if toilet pipes running to and from your toilet are not properly connected.

“The WaterSafe website has a comprehensive list of qualified plumbers trained to work with your plumbing system and who are supported by your local water company and the drinking water regulators.”

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