Water shortages affect more than 663 million people worldwide. While this might seem far away, it has become more common in the UK, too, as demand rises and droughts increase.
Manufacturers have long been releasing innovative products that help reduce water consumption without missing out on the experience or compromising on functionality.
Modern dual-flush WCs, for example, typically use 4-6 litres every time you press the flush. An old model would’ve needed 13 litres. Low-flow showerheads can cut your water consumption in half. They only need six litres a minute, compared to the 12 litres flowing through a traditional design every 60 seconds. So you won’t feel as if you’re standing under a weak trickle either. All of these are easy to fit, too, and widely available – so do look out for them.
Another thing to watch out for is the Unified Water Label (UWL), a Europe-wide initiative to label sanitaryware and bathroom products. Like the energy label, it shows you how much water a product uses and how it compares to identical items. Red means high use and green means low. And a QR code at the bottom can be scanned to see more information.
Plus, there is a large online database that lists thousands of water-saving products, helping you make informed choices to save water and reduce your bills.
So, what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to make the most of these latest innovations.
We’re working with the Sustainability Partners of our sister magazine’s event, the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2023, on bringing you great expert advice.
Featured image: Amore DuElec electric shower in white, price on application, Triton.
This article has been created in partnership with the Bathroom Manufacturers Association.