Blog Post: Tuesday April 30, 2019

Flush with ideas to save this Water Saving Wee

Flush with ideas to save this Water Saving Wee

This week sees the the fifth annual Water Saving Week – a campaign organised by Waterwise aimed at helping us all to use water more wisely.

With ever-growing population and climate change putting pressure on our water resources, it’s never been more important for us to all do our bit to ease the pressure on water supplies and that’s why CCWater is really pleased to be one of this year’s sponsors. We’ll be sponsoring ‘Toilet Tuesday’ – highlighting the issue of leaky loos and the big impact they have water wastage.

Our water efficiency expert Ana-Maria Millan takes us through some of the simple ways to spot a leaky loo and what to do if you have one.

A leaky toilet might not sound like a big deal, but they can actually waste up to 400 litres of water every day! That’s the equivalent of 700 pints of water, or five full bathtubs and if you’re on a meter, this could add an average of £300 to your water bill over a year.

According to Waterwise, as many as 8% of homes and businesses in the UK have a leaky loo – with 45 million toilets in use, that’s an eye-watering amount of water going straight down the pan every day.

Spot the signs

Keep an ear out – if you notice the sound of a constant trickle at the back of the toilet pan, it’s a sure sign you have a problem.

Look out – sometimes leaks are easy to see, as water may flow continuously down the pan.

Signs of damp – if you notice rippling or stains around the base of the toilet, accompanied by dampness, it’s a tell-tale sign that you have a leak.

Sniff out the problem  If you notice the smell of sewage, get the problem looked at immediately. It could be an indication that your toilet bowl is leaking. Additionally, it could be a sign that there is a leak on the pipes too.

Tips to check

If you spot any of these signs and suspect you have a leaky loo, there are some simple, quick checks you can do to make sure.

  • Drop some food colouring into your toilet cistern and leave it for a while. If after this time, the colour appears in the toilet bowl, you have a leak.
  • Alternatively, wipe the back of the pan dry and place a dry sheet of toilet paper across the back of the pan. Leave it for a few hours and if the paper is wet or torn when you come back to it, there’s a leak.
  • Some water companies also provide ‘leaky loo strips’, which are placed at the back of the toilet pan. They change colour if a leak is detected. Contact your water company for more details.

If you have a leak, get in touch with a reputable plumber as soon as possible. You can find a list of accredited plumbers in your area via the WaterSafe UK website.

If you are a home-owner, it’s worth checking your household insurance policy as your company may be able to carry out a leak repair.

Regardless of whether you own or rent your home, it is also worth contacting your water company, as some will fix a leaking toilet for free. If you rent, always remember to check with your landlord first.

CCWater will be sharing lots more water-saving tips this week across all of our social media channels, so don’t forget to soak up the advice by following the hashtag #watersavingweek