Lead on water saving, say influencers at annual event

The 200 people who logged in for a web stream of the annual Worshipful Company of Plumbers Autumn Lecture were urged to step up efforts to improve water efficiency because the government is focused on COVID-19 and Brexit.

At the online event, hosted by the CIPHE, two industry leaders said the sector could not let progress stall following confirmation from the government that the Environment Bill had been put on hold because of current uncertainty.

Julie Spinks, managing director of Water Regulations Advisory Scheme, said manufacturers have improved the efficiency of products but more could be done.

One area of work to develop is to lobby for revisions to the water use rates on products to achieve further savings.

Spinks said: “The current limits that are set in those current regulations are out of date.”

She also renewed her call for compulsory regulation so that only approved professionals who have trained in sustainability can install, supply and fit products.

Although water companies can also increase work to reduce leaks, more simple approaches could also make a big difference, said Spinks. “Let’s get the basics right, first and foremost. Let’s check compliant products, use an approved contractor and fix those leaky pipes and fittings.”

Yvonne Orgill, managing director of Unified Water Label, said the industry would have to work with customers to meet targets and change behaviour.

She said: “We have to be more innovative. We have to recognise that choice is important and the products have to deliver better performance. We all have a role to play going forward.”

An event recording is available here

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