How Does Water Wastage Affect The Environment?
Posted by Kevin Taylor
Water is a vital resource for all life on Earth, yet it is something we often take for granted. Every day, we use water for drinking, cooking, bathing, watering gardens, and many other activities. Unfortunately, water wastage is a growing problem in many parts of the UK, and we have to be more proactive in looking for ways to reduce water waste. Let's look at how to prevent water wastage from a bathroom design and showering perspective.
The Effects Of Water Wastage on the Environment
Excessive water usage not only wastes this vital resource but can also seriously impact the environment. When we use more water than necessary, it puts a strain on the local water table leading to soil erosion and increasing the risk of flooding in built up areas. This has a knock-on effect on homes and businesses, as well as the plants and animals that rely on the ecosystem for their survival.
In addition, water wastage in one town or city can also cause problems for other areas downstream that rely on the water from a river or reservoir for their drinking water. Hence water wastage in, for example, Greater London, can deplete the mains water available for crop irrigation in Kent and Sussex. The results are hose pipe bans – as we are seeing this summer across the Southeast – and greater pressure on water utilities during dry spells.
Water wastage is also an economic burden on taxpayers and utilities companies. It costs money to treat and pump water to homes and businesses, so if we are wasting it, it costs us across the board, more to provide this vital resource.
Last but certainly not least, water wastage can result in more pollution. If water treatment plants are overwhelmed with too much water, they can't operate effectively, which can lead to the release of pollutants into public waterways.
So, as you can see, water wastage seriously impacts the environment. But how can we prevent it in the way buildings are designed and managed?
How To Prevent Water Waste In Bathroom Design
There are many ways that we can prevent water wastage. One of the most obvious ways is simply by being more aware of how much water we use on daily tasks.
For example, a single shower that lasts as little as eight minutes can use up to 72 litres of water, and most people take far longer showers than that! Considering how many showers are taken each day, it's no wonder that water wastage is such a problem among domestic households.
Baths are even more wasteful. Just one bathtub full of water is enough to provide a family of four with drinking water for an entire day. So, if you're looking for ways to reduce your water usage, take more sustainable showers and consider reducing or cutting out baths completely.
Another way to reduce water wastage is to install water-saving devices in your home. For example, you can get low-flow shower heads that use less water than traditional shower heads. You can also get toilets that have dual flush buttons, so you only use as much water as you need.
Shower Pods: A More Sustainable Solution
Of course, that all sounds great when you're in control, but what do you do if you have to wrangle a group of university students into conserving water?
Shower pods are also leak-proof, which further reduces water wastage. So, one of the best ways to reduce water wastage for facilities managers is to install shower pods in university residences. By using a water-saving shower head in an Advanced Showers shower pod, water wastage can be reduced. They also come with several other benefits, such as being easy to install and requiring little maintenance. By installing shower pods, universities can make a big difference in the fight against water wastage.
f you're interested in learning more about how shower pods can help reduce water wastage in your building project, don't hesitate to get in touch with Advanced Showers. We would be happy to discuss how our products can help your organisation save money and protect the environment.
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