Saving water at Guildhall adds up to more than ‘loos change’

Press Release: 09/06/2014

Guildhall ladies

A project to refurbish the ladies toilets at the Guildhall in Winchester is set to save water and money.

As part of the refurbishment of the loos, Paul Cooke, Winchester City Council’s Energy Manager, advised that the public conveniences could be fitted with a ‘Propelair’ system that uses both air and water to perform the flush.

This reduces the amount of water from the cistern used in each flush by around 80% - cutting water-use by a substantial 762,119 litres each year.

Payback on the Propelair system is just over three years and during the 15-year life of the toilets the saving to the Council could be as much as £38,500.

Cllr Jan Warwick, City Council Portfolio Holder for Environment, Health & Wellbeing, said:

I am pleased that we are able to save such a large amount of water as part of this relatively small refurbishment project. The amount saved is equivalent to filling up a full-size Olympic pool every three years. Our visitors and customers can be reassured that when they spend a penny it isn’t costing the earth.