University partnership will save water, energy and money

Posted: Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Southern Water is working in partnership with Southampton Solent University to save water, energy and money.

With the help of bathroom company Ideal Standard, it has installed water-saving devices in 18 bathrooms in the university’s halls of residence.

Showers, toilets and taps used by 72 students in the Emily Davies Hall have been fitted with gadgets to reduce water consumption – and the amount of water used by the showers alone should more than halve.

Ben Earl, Water Efficiency Manager at Southern Water, said: “The water efficient products have been designed to minimise usage without compromising on performance. We think this partnership will substantially reduce the amount of water used by students in the halls. If we can cut water consumption, we can cut the university’s bills which, in turn, reduces running costs.”

The devices should take shower consumption down from a massive 20 litres per minute to a standard nine litres per minute and a toilet from six to four. Consumption will be monitored in partnership with the university.

If successful, the partnership will be rolled out to other campuses in the South East.

Martin Walton, Environmental and Sustainability Manager at Southampton Solent University, said: “We work hard to increase our green credentials and are always considering how we can make further improvements. We’re proud to be part of a project that’s leading the way in improving water efficiency on campuses.”

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