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
- Researchers hope to recycle phosphorus from sewage Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) have embarked on a project which aims to recycle phosphorus from... Read More >
- Draft water resources management plans lack ambition - Ofwat Water companies' draft water resources management plans (WRMPs) have shown a lack of ambition on water efficiency, Ofwat's... Read More >
- Amey awarded £17M sewer upgrade for Paisley Amey is to deliver a £17M sewer upgrade for Scottish Water in Paisley. The new scheme is part of Scottish Water's £250M... Read More >
- Changing the way water utilities think George Hesmondhalgh, managing consultant at Capgemini, says companies need to stop viewing legislation as an obligation... Read More >
- What can cities do to combat the water crisis? Louise Ellis, water engineer and associate at Arup, discusses the findings from City Water Resilience Approach assessments... Read More >
- How to become 'water-wise' Luke Matcham, consultant at Capgemini, looks at how incentives and penalties can be balanced to encourage water... Read More >
- Abstract concept: How can water companies reduce abstraction? Despite concerns over supplies, water companies face pressure to reduce abstraction. As part of our Utility of the Future... Read More >
- Making wasting water the newest taboo Although water utilities have made great strides in reducing leakage, wasting water needs to become the next big social... Read More >