Water Talkers

Ideas!!

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Judith Sherlock
Judith Sherlock | Mar 13, 2015 | in Water Aware

I don't think anyone has mentioned that if you put something solid into the toilet system this will save water every time you flush. Just turning taps off fully and changing washers so taps don't drip will help. 

When you go to public loos, sometimes when you turn the tap on it continues to supply water even though you have finished washing your hands. Maybe if these taps were changed water could be saved that way.

Chloe Booker Mar 13, 2015

Good point Judith. I have heard that putting something like a brick in your toilet reduces the amount of clean drinking water that gets flushed away. I'll see if I can find some figures!

Andrew O'Connor Mar 13, 2015

as long as everyone doesn't start putting bricks down their toilets and blocking it haha!

Louis Allen Mar 13, 2015

lol aoc27 that would be tricky

Janet Bradley Mar 13, 2015

Aren't they called hippos?

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Judith Sherlock Mar 13, 2015

Thank you. I heard it really works but haven't done it myself!

Andrew O'Connor Mar 13, 2015

hmmm didn't know that interesting!!

Louis Allen Mar 13, 2015

alot of water gets wasted in public toilets quite shocking

Andrew O'Connor Mar 13, 2015

it does, especially in urinals when the water changes every few minutes potentially!

Janet Bradley Mar 13, 2015

Urinals, and taps. I think some public conveniences are set up so we have limited physical contact with flush handles and taps, and that maybe because they recognise how many of us are worried about the germs that can be picked up in public lavatories. So they make them like this at the cost of using more water.

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Judith Sherlock Mar 13, 2015

Haven't been in a men's loo for a while! My husband has just explained about water and urinals......

Janet Bradley Mar 13, 2015

I wouldn't go in one either, unless forced!!! 

Louis Allen Mar 13, 2015

lol judith, I wouldnt go there if i were you judith there are some strange creatures in their lol

Judith Sherlock Mar 13, 2015

So I have heard Louis! 

Louis Allen Mar 13, 2015

great comments made me giggle

Janet Bradley Mar 13, 2015

We need to make this fun!! :-)

katie@100open.com Mar 14, 2015

Hey Judith, OK let's build on the idea of these toilet bricks, (and keep it about that - two concepts in one thread is hard to deal with)  as we know they already exist. I think the hippo thing was probably an attempt to make them sound more fun and friendly than the Toilet Brick.

So we're all sitting round a product development table here, our mission to get every household in the UK to fit a toilet brick into every suitable cistern.   How do we sell the concept to people who don't give a monkey's about water saving? How do we market it?  What can we do with the brick to make it desirable?   Everyone, let's give the humble Bog Brick it the Water Talkers treatment...over to you

 

Janet Bradley Mar 24, 2015

How about a competition for toilet brick selfies (shown in situ in the toilet cistern), the competition to be run on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Each entry to be tagged #waterbrickselfie There should be 3 winners, one for each social media platform mentioned. The prizes needs to be fairly big... like a weeks holiday for a family of 4 to Niagara Falls or something, or an iPad, or a TV, or a new bathroom.... a prize that people would aim for anyway. The competition to be advertised heavily on social media and in newspapers and with celebrities on board showing their #waterbrickselfie!

katie@100open.com Mar 24, 2015

yes. I have a  phobia of manmade things underwater, so find looking in my cistern rather creepy, but I think this is a great build - the celebrity cistern selfie.

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katie@100open.com Mar 15, 2015

PS Judith - sorry - me again - please could you change the title of this post to Toilet Brick - or The New Toilet Brick - or something like that?  It needs a title that describes what's going on here on the post! Thanks, if you don't know how to edit, reply to this and I'll explain.

Judith Sherlock Mar 15, 2015

Having probs changing the title Katie.

Re the toilet brick.

All new toilets could have a brick fitted. In the cistern. The cisterns could be smaller.

The water boards could advertise on TV magazines etc that a new concept was going to be compulsory by 2017.  If you not have a brick fitted by then you will be fined say £100. This will make people think about water consumption. The water boards could send bricks out free to all houses holds. 

katie@100open.com Mar 24, 2015

Judith - so sorry, it's taken a week to reply! If you want to change title, look up to the top of this post just above where it says Judith Sherlock, there should be a grey edit bar above that? click that and you put this post back into the same edit mode it was in when you make it in the first place.

Retype title, and scroll down to click publish - the new title should take.

George Richardson Mar 24, 2015

Put a brick in my toilet and i would immediately and permanently be   reduced to half flush,which could lead to some very awkward happenings. If you gave prizes i would be discriminated against,if fined for not fitting i would be in debtors prison PLEASE HELP.   I still stick to my idea,where firstly you can dis place the amount you want and secondly find a use for millions of those plastic bottles yes just fill the amount you want to displace into various size bottles ,tightly cap and place in cistern. No cost,easily available and cutting down on recycling.

katie@100open.com Mar 24, 2015

clever idea George, and great use of the plastic bottle.

George Richardson Mar 24, 2015

Love you too Katie doubleu.

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