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Scottish Water calls for greater water efficiency

Scottish Water has called on more people to reduce their daily water usage after confirming that around 80 million litres of water have been saved across Scotland in the past year.

The water company has been dishing out water efficiency advice and providing water saving devices to thousands of households.

The reduction in water consumption is enough to fill 32 Olympic-size swimming pools or 53 million kettles.

Scottish Water has been working in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust and Home Energy Scotland promoting water efficiency to help households save water.

This summer, Home Energy Scotland has been at events throughout Scotland giving communities water efficiency advice and water saving devices and have distributed to 30,000 households across the country so far.

Brian McCarthy, Scottish Water’s reservoirs and supply demand manager, said: “These new figures show that a massive amount of water has been saved by people across Scotland after we have issued great water efficiency advice and provided devices such as shower timers and tap aerators to thousands of households.

“We would urge everyone to do what they can to reduce consumption of this precious resource and in turn help the environment and save money through reduced energy bills.”

Water use accounts for 6% of UK carbon emissions, which is the same as the aviation industry. 1% of this is from collecting, treating and pumping drinking water to homes.

A huge amount of energy goes into making tap water safe to drink and Scottish Water is one of the largest single users of electricity in Scotland.

The remaining 5% is from heating water in the home, around one fifth of household heating bills spent on heating water. By using water wisely, a family of four can save 0.7 tonnes of CO2 and over £100 in reduced energy bills each year.

*The CO2 figures are tonnes of ‘CO2 equivalent’ because they include other greenhouse gases, e.g. methane

Author: Alec Peachey,
Topic: Water resources
Tags: Water Efficiency , Scottish Water , water consumption , drinking water

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