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    Water saving is vital as demand will soon outstrip supply

    The Chief Executive of the Environment Agency has warned that England is set to run short of water within the next 25 years. As reported in the Guardian, Sir James Bevan warned that the country is now facing the so-called “jaws of death” – the point at which demand for water outstrips supply. Demand is ever-growing due to the country’s growing population, whilst supply is falling due to climate change.

    This situation is driven by the twin factors of population growth, urban development and climate change. The population of the UK is currently 67 million, and forecast to rise to 75 million by 2050. At the same time, temperatures are rising. Summers are predicted to be significantly hotter. By 2040 more than half of summers are likely to be hotter than the 2003 heatwave.

    The effect of this could be to reduce the amount of water in some rivers by 50-80% during the summer months. This risk is not hypothetical. We’re already seeing the impact of water shortages due to climate change, as we have written about on this blog before.

    This situation requires urgent action, from both individuals and organisations. Water companies have committed to reducing the amount of water lost to leaks by 50% by 2050. The Environment Agency has plans for potential new reservoirs, desalination plants and pipelines and canals to enable water to be transferred to where it is most needed.

    However, what’s also needed is a strategy to help individuals and companies to reduce their water usage on a day to day basis, by as much as a third. Currently the average person uses 140 litres of water per day and this needs to be reduced at least down  to 100 litres. This can be achieved not only by helping people to reduce the amount of water that they use when they’re at home but also by organisations working to reduce the amount of water that employees use when they are at work.

    At Ecoprod we’re dedicated to helping our clients to reduce their water usage. Our original focus was on waterless urinals but since then we’ve added a range of other water saving products to our portfolio including water efficient taps, showers and water management systems.

    Waterwise themselves recommend that organisations switch to waterless urinals. This can have a massive impact on your water usage. Our Urimat waterless urinals typically save 100,000 litres of water per urinal per year. Sensor taps (also recommended by Waterwise) can also reduce water usage significantly. Our Conti+ range of taps reduces water usage by up to 70% compared to traditional taps.

    We’re past the point where water saving can be considered as an “optional extra” within organisations. It’s now commonplace for companies to focus on efforts to improve recycling, cut emissions, reduce their carbon footprints and so on. Offices have stickers to remind people to turn the lights off, separate bins for recycling, initiatives to reduce single use plastics.

    Water saving needs to be considered in exactly the same way, as the default setting, the thing people do without thinking about it or needing to be reminded. Attitudes need to change so that, as Sir James Bevan says “We need water wastage to be as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby or throwing your plastic bags into the sea.”

    For more information about how to make your washrooms as green as possible, download Ecoprod’s free Green Washroom Guide. There’s also advice on how to embed water saving initiatives in your organisation on our blog here. We also have a partnership with the Water Retail Company, enabling clients to work with industry-leading experts to develop water saving strategies for their organisations. Get in touch to find out more.

     

     

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    Lord Rupert Redesdale

    Lord Redesdale was the Energy Spokesman for the Liberal Democrats for the House of Lords 2000-2008 during which time he introduced many members’ bills in the area of energy and conservation.

    Lord Redesdale is the CEO of the Energy Managers Association (EMA). The EMA aims to promote the development of energy management and the career structure of Energy Managers in the British economy.

    In 2016, Lord Redesdale co-founded The Water Retail Company (TWRC) with Professor Jacob Tompkins. TWRC is a licensed retailer with a focus on water efficiency and reduction strategy for its customers.

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    Professor Jacob Tomkins

    Jacob is the the co-founder and CTO of The Water Retail Company. Jacob trained as a civil engineer with degrees from UCL and Imperial. He worked as an academic, was water lead for the National Farmers’ Union and freshwater advisor at Water UK. He set up and ran Waterwise the water efficiency NGO for over 10 years. He has developed EU water legislation and recently chaired a UK Govt task force on resilience in the water sector.

    He is currently writing two books for Wiley on water efficiency and water and behaviour. He is a visiting Prof at Exeter University and has an OBE for services to water efficiency.

     

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    Harvey Djangogly

    Harvey brings over ten years of experience designing, leading, and evaluating initiatives that engage individuals, households, and employees in sustainable living, and that motivate pro-environmental change. Harvey works with and advises public, private and civic sector organisations in the UK and U.S. and abroad, focusing in particular on his passion –sustainable water use and efficiency.

    Harvey believes in the dual approach of “behaviour change” harnessed with innovative technology to achieve the goals of meeting water and carbon footprint reduction targets. The FlowlessTM by WINT solution, epitomises Harvey’s philosophy by allowing customers to monitor their water use in real time, empowering them to save water by introducing efficiencies and most importantly preventing and detecting escape of water and leaks thereby providing water security to the client’s facility/workplace

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    Marcel Napflin

    Marcel Näpflin is a long-standing member of the management team of URIMAT Schweiz AG, a leading manufacturer of environmentally friendly products in the sanitary industry. As Director for Marketing & Sales and Member of the Executive Board, Marcel has been responsible for the international marketing and sales strategy and the worldwide expansion of URIMAT. Under his leadership URIMAT developed numerous worldwide patented product innovations which save water, improve hygiene and reduce carbon footprint in restrooms.

    In his role as Business Development Manager Marcel was responsible for the development and launch of URIMAT-CONNECT, a cloud-based digital advertising system built into multi-media waterless urinals which dynamically deliver real time advertising messages via the internet. Marcel is a graduate business economist and has commercial diploma in banking. After he started his professional career in banking he worked in various management positions in the Sporting Goods Industry. 

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    Marcus Rose

    Marcus Rose is Managing Director at Ecoprod and URIMAT UK. He is a fully qualified mechanical engineer by training & background, with many years’ experience in the construction industry especially related to mechanical, sanitary and washroom applications.

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    Robert Summer

    For the last 8 years Robert Summer – Head of International Sales and Marketing – has developed structured distribution network worldwide for CONTI+ brand. The products offer great benefit for washrooms and shower rooms for public, semi-public and health sector. Today, sustainability, hygiene and smartness are key to CONTI+ solutions. Robert lives the brand and its USPs and loves to support and motivate his team on a daily basis.

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