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Water Bill Hikes Are More Than a Drop in the Ocean, Says Bristan




 

3 October 2018


According to the Environment Agency, the UK is facing water supply shortages by 2050 unless decisive action is taken now to reduce water use and wastage. And, as a responsible manufacturer, we believe it is our duty to provide technologies which aid conservation.


Recent figures from Water UK indicate that water bills are set to increase by an average of £2 across England and Wales over the next year. The report suggests that the average household water and sewerage bill will reach up to £389.

Hayley Holland, marketing manager at Bristan, commented: “While a price increase of £2 may not sound like much in the grand scheme of wider utility bill price hikes, it all adds up – meaning now is the time to act and make changes to water use before the issue escalates further.


“In fact, manufacturers and industry trade bodies have been working for some time to develop innovative water saving solutions to help consumers and businesses take steps to help reduce the impact on the country’s limited resources – and on their monthly water charges.”

Recent research by the Energy Saving Trust2 shows that the typical UK household uses a colossal 360 litres each day, with per person water use rising steadily by 36 per cent since 1970’s.


Hayley adds: “The reality is we all need to be taking active steps towards wiser water usage and a reducing the amount we waste. And this is where installers play a significant part in helping to educate customers in how they can make small changes that can have not only a big impact on their bank balance but on the environment too.


“For example a shower that incorporates a flow regulator can achieve significant water savings by limiting the flow in the supply pipe.  Typically, most standard showers can distribute a shower flow rate of 13.5 litres per minute, while flow regulated showers can offer a rate 7 litres per minute. This can translate to substantial water savings over the year, and whilst there is the difference in the shower performance the end result is still an invigorating experience.


“In fact, the Energy Saving Trust3, states that if a typical four person family replaced an inefficient shower head with a water-efficient one, they could save up to £65 off their gas bills and even £100 off their water bill (if they have a water meter) each year – that’s a total saving of £165.

“As an industry, from manufacturers and trade bodies through to installers, it is vital that we come together give homeowners the best possible insight into what water-saving products are out there, how much money they can save on their bills, and importantly, why it is important for all of us to do what we can to conserve our already limited resources.”


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