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Thames offers businesses free water saving advice

December 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Thames Water is offering its business customers free advice and training on ways to cut down on water usage and save money.

Partnering Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Thames Water will provide a ‘Rippleffect’ support package for businesses, offering tips and practical advice.

The support package is free and offers guidance to businesses in the form of five on-line training modules. Also available to support the modules are on-line tools, guides, a free phone advice line, web conferences and webcast, said the water company.

According to Thames Water, the Rippleffect provides a straightforward approach to identify how much water a business uses, by highlighting ways to reduce water consumption and save money.

It also recommends ‘quick win’ water saving devices, with one example being the use of passive infrared sensors (PIR). Companies using urinals that operate without a flush control could benefit by saving approximately £3,800 a year in water and sewage costs by installing PIR. Installation costs are around £350 and payback can be expected to be seen in five weeks, said Thames Water.

It also advised that measuring and monitoring water use, as well as comparing water usage each year was important, in order for businesses to save on consumption.

David Grantham, Thames Water’s water efficiency manager, said that Thames Water wanted to help businesses find water saving solutions, to ensure that there was “more water in the supply network for other people, and more in the environment for wildlife”.

He explained that London and the Thames Valley region had been classed as “seriously water stressed”, with below average rainfall for 15 of the past 19 months and this was creating a “cumulative problem”.

“By reducing water consumption, you can reduce your carbon emissions,” he added.

To register for a Rippleffect support package visit Thames Water

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Water company drought fears for 2012

December 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

A number of water companies have announced that they are concerned that 2012 could see a drought, and are starting to prepare for the possibility.

Thames Water and South East Water are the latest two water companies to express their concern, and they were preceded by Anglian Water.

The news comes as there are growing concerns over the reduced groundwater levels and a lack of supply, following a particularly dry autumn.

On top of that, there are fears that the UK could be about to experience its second mild winter in a row which could increase the chances of a drought occurring.

The companies have stated that up to half of all households in the UK could face restrictions imposed due to a drought next year if the amount of rainfall this winter does not go back to its normal level.

The UK has recently experienced some of the driest weather that it has ever seen. As a result, water companies are now starting to urge customers to start taking their water conservation seriously to do their bit to help.

Temperatures across England are still very mild, and if the winter proves to be dry again then there are serious concerns about what it could lead to.

If the rainfall is not satisfactory, people could see restrictions imposed on using sprinklers, hosepipes, washing cars and other activities.

However, Southern Water and Severn Trent both told The Guardian that they are hoping the rainfall is sufficient this winter to prevent the need for more restrictions.

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