Guernsey Water encourages wise water use

November 24th, 2011 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water encourages Islanders to think carefully about their water consumption and consider simple but effective ways to reduce water wastage.

The utility recently carried out an online survey to gather information about the Guernsey public’s water usage habits and to ascertain whether there were any examples of water wastage which could be addressed.

The survey was completed by 131 customers, and results showed that Islanders were generally sensible with their water usage. However, a few areas were identified where customers could reduce wastage; these included the use of shower timers, installing water saving devices such as dual flush systems on toilets, using economy settings on dishwashers and washing machines, and having a water meter fitted.

Long showers can use more water than a bath (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Director of water services, Andrew Redhead, said: “We are generally pleased with the water usage habits of our customers, but as with anything, there is always room for improvement. Using a timer to reduce the amount of time spent in the shower is a simple and effective way of reducing water wastage, while the installation of a dual-flush system on toilets has a very short payback period.”

He added: “Customers who are on a water meter will notice these reductions and will also see their water and wastewater bills reduced. Customers not on a water meter can contact us to see if they would also make savings by changing from paying by TRP to paying by metered usage – installation is free and can usually be carried out within a couple of weeks.”

Guernsey Water has put together an analysis of the survey results.

The utility has also put together an action sheet which gives further details of the savings that can be made through taking these simple measures, and also a bill comparison demonstrating how much these savings could reduce a customer’s payments by.


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