Dripping taps and leaking loos 

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Water is a wonderful and versatile resource. It can be used to quench our thirst as well as being used in many industrial and agricultural processes.

Water is always there whenever you need it, we don’t give a second thought when we turn on the tap

Spotting a leak

If you spot a leak in your home, you need to act quick as even a small drip can waste thousands of liters of water!

How to spot a leaking loo

Leaks in your toilet cistern can be especially difficult to spot. If you suspect an issue with your cistern, you might be able to hear a faint sound of water trickling, try this quick and easy check to see if you’ve got a leaking loo:

  1. Dry the back of the toilet bowl.
  2. Place a few sheets of dry toilet paper on the back of the toilet.
  3. Leave for a few hours, if the toilet paper is wet after this time or immediately you may have a leak!
  4. Call a plumber!

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Did you know?

A dripping tap wastes – 5,500 litres of water a year

A leaking loo has the potential to waste 400 litres of water every day, that’s 146,000 litres a year! A huge waste of water!

Tips and tricks to save water in the bathroom

  • Cut down the baths – we’re not suggesting you stop washing! Switch to a shower. Showers use an average of 35 litres as well as saving you £50 on average on your water bill a year!
  • Do you turn the tap off while you brush? Leaving the tap running when brushing your teeth wastes 8,000 litres of water a year.
  • Is your shower water efficient? Some showers use more water than others – electric showers are already efficient and power showers use lots of water. Choose a water efficient shower head to save water and energy.

Small changes can make huge difference – how much money and water could you save?