Water Saving For The Welsh!

Posted: Wednesday 10th November 2010

Canolfan Gorseinon Innovation centre in Wales has reduced its water bills by 65%, cut its monthly water bills to only £175 and is saving £8,000 per annum thanks to a Stormsaver rainwater harvesting system.

In fact, the system has helped to reduce water usage so drastically that a year after installing, staff were contacted by the local water board, enquiring whether they were still attached to the mains water supply.

The Innovation centre uses a below-ground, pressurised system, which works by collecting rainwater, storing and filtering it and re-using it in place of mains water, such as in the flushing of toilets and WCs.

Kelvin Jones, manager of the Gorseinon Development Trust, which runs the building, said: “Being a multi-purpose facility for the local community, we often have large numbers of people passing through – which ultimately has an impact on the amount of water we use.

“Every day I continue to be delighted with the results that the rainwater harvesting system is delivering. I tell everyone about it! We’ve even made our water meter public to show others how much water we save!”

The Centre’s water meter is available for public viewing and Kelvin regularly invites local schools and members of the local community to learn more about the system, water recycling and its impact on the environment.

The Centre also incorporates a number of other environmental features, including heating via a biomass boiler and a natural ventilation system using ‘earth pipe’ technology.

Lisa Farnsworth, sales director at Stormsaver said: “We’re overjoyed with the positive feedback from staff at the Innovation Centre. Kelvin’s decision to make their water meter public and teach others about rainwater harvesting will really help to show the local community the benefits of saving water and will help to promote a cleaner, more resource-efficient environment.”

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