Putting Off Plumbing Repairs ‘Wasting Lots Of Water’

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Homes and businesses in the UK that are avoiding carrying out basic plumbing repairs are wasting thousands of litres of water in the process.

New research carried out by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) found that over one-quarter of Brits would wait for more than a week to fix a leaking tap, which results in 168 litres of wasted water in that time.

Leaky toilets, meanwhile, can waste up to 400 litres of water per day, yet one in five of those surveyed would wait more than four days to get this fixed, leading to over 1,500 litres of wasted water.

WRAS also revealed that 400 million litres of water are estimated to leak from UK toilets every day. To put that in context, this is enough water to supply 2.8 million people.

The UK is expected to face water shortages in the years ahead, but the WRAS figures indicate that fixing all leaky toilets alone could provide ten per cent of the additional water capacity that’s expected to be needed to cope with extreme drought in England by 2050.

Managing director of WRAS Julie Spinks commented: “We all have a duty to use water more wisely and consider the impact we have on the environment. When a plumbing problem first arises, a quick call to a local approved plumber can not only give you peace of mind but also help ease the burden on the environment.”

Earlier this year, the head of the Environment Agency Sir James Bevan warned that within 25 years England would not have enough water to meet demand, the BBC reported. He stressed that we all need to use less water and to be more efficient with our water consumption.

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