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In the past week I mentioned in a comment that pole based pure water window systems use huge amounts of water.... it's not what you see being used at your property... but pure water is made, put in a tank on their van and it's pumped from the van.... the pure water requires loads and loads of filters, and it rejects lots of water in the process. I have a window vac! You just spray on a bit of water with a little window cleaner... and then vac it off... it works really well. I can't use...

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I am sorry if this idea has come up in my absence, but I am unable to read everyone's comments and ideas until Tuesday. But I did have one further idea   Celebrity environmental challenge!!!   We are used to having celebrities learning tasks, completing them, as individuals or groups as part of tv shows, such as "I'm a Celebrity...", "Strictly Come Dancing", etc. this has made me have the idea of "Celebrity Environmental Challenge".    The concept in my head is two celebrity teams each week...

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I woke up this morning to this article on the BBC news http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31941482 It seems that Wet wipe litter on UK beaches up 50%, that is a lot! The article is well written, and shows that the increase of wet wipes on beaches is a direct result of people flushing them down toilets and not putting them in the bin. As they don't disintegrate, they block sewers, they can end up being washed out into the sea, and end up on beaches. A very interesting fact...

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George made a comment on my field trip suggestion regarding the cost of field trips… that although good the cost makes them prohibitive at times…. So I started thinking of an alternative. My suggestion is that the field trip can be brought to schools. If each water board converted a lorry or a bus into a mobile water museum – maybe include a small history section – why sewers were needed, what happened before sewers, etc. Then included a section of what happens with sewers, water...

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I was thinking about how some brands are becoming better known by sponsoring a TV show - maybe a popular soap, or TV Drama. Around each start and end of the adverts within the programme, there are a series of shorts, just a few seconds which highlight the brand - often presented in a funny way - like the 118 guys! How about if there are water awareness adverts sponsoring a TV programme - with each short showing something like a toilet overflowing (due to something unflushable being put...

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Up to now, we are all accepting that toilet tissue is an acceptable item to be thrown down the toilet (unless you live in China, South America, etc), however, toilet paper has got thicker, and more "comfortable" over the years. Years ago, some used newspaper or did your school have that scratchy paper that was so horrible that I dreaded using the toilets at school? But now most would use a paper toilet tissue - but do you realise a standard Andrex quilted toilet paper is 4-ply? Toilet...

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When I got married, my husband introduced me to the world of caravans and the world of caravan toilets... something that had not ever entered my head! To explain, a caravan toilet is a type of chemical toilet - the waste is kept in cartridge which needs to be cleared out directly into a septic tank or sewer - on a caravan site they have to provide a place to do this. However, there have been issues in the past where caravan toilets don't smell very nice and so, to mitigate this, and to...

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George has just posted a point whether water butts are a potential site for legionella to flourish. I have discussed about legionella with my husband a number of times as he has a list of health safety qualifications as he works in property and construction. He has told me one of the places to avoid completely are the seemingly Eco friendly toilet and shower blocks you sometimes find on camp sites - I believe he has mentioned he has mostly seen them on the continent. These are the shower...

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Some info on tampons..... women will think they are small and will flush them, but they are designed to fill up with water... "Unlike toilet paper, tampons DO NOT break down in water. In fact, they are made to do they exact opposite. Made of cotton, rayon, and other fibres that are meant to expand and absorb liquids, tampons do an excellent job at staying put in wet slippery places. Tampons do not immediately clog up your toilet after one flush so it may seem like they are safe to flush....

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Quite by chance I have come across a water footprint calculator http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=cal/WaterFootprintCalculator With it, you can calculate your water usage in cubic meters, and is not just about the baths you take, etc, but how much water you use by way of the food you eat (food we eat has to be watered too). Maybe it should be part of the national curriculum that each child has to work out it's water footprint. They would need parents help to work out the detail, so...

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I was thinking about if a children's show had a water saving garden.... something a bit Blue Peterish! Show children by planting a garden with plants which don't need a lot of water, and then during the year show what needs to be done to look after it. How much water is needed to keep it going etc... and show a comparison to a garden which has plants which need lots of water to survive, etc. I think it would encourage children in that when they planted their own gardens as adults, they...

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I am trying to think how to make children water aware. Most children of 10-12 I know fall into 2 camps, ones addicted to computer games, and ones who like more practical games. those who love the computer games often like Mine Craft - a game many play to build structures, building an online world. It's a bit like building with Lego but within a game. why not water companies work with schools to include into the curriculum a project to build water saving facilities or ideas into 2 types...

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Social media in all it's forms, facebook, Twitter, Instagram are now so coomon that many people use these media as their main communication form. companies have their own social media pages, and social media teams. I assume water companies have social media pages, but I don't follow them. what would make me, and what would make others? Once we follow these social media pages, they can then use these platforms to advise, educate, help, guide, etc. I will tell what would make me follow -...

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I posted a commet last week about collective responsibility, and a clear message came out that companies were marketing items as "flushable", which in the long run, are not. One of our panel, had a look blocked from "flushable" toilet wipes. the crux of the matter is that many companies are not necessarily truthful, adverts are not overly honest, but we view these as reputable companies and buy and use these products with no suspision. water companies try to work with these companies, but...

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When I was at primary school we went on annual field trips for educational fun - places like museums, and even a day trip to Boulogne - I still remember having to go in to a boulangerie and buy a French stick as my homework while I was on the day trip - that was 40 years ago! Things like that can really stick in our memory. Why not have these sort of day trips to Water treatment works, sewage plants, hydro electric power stations, hydro lagoons, etc as part of school curriculum. Water...

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Most communities have some space within their area which involves water - whether it be a beach, a duck pond, a lido, a river, etc. There are many water features in so many areas. Why don't water companies sponsor water parties within communities which centre around these features. Find ways of making fun days for families with water at the centre. Have games for children to play which involve the water - this would depend on each area, but some could have pedolo races, others rubber...

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I posted a link to a video of someone had made a series of water butts yesterday - this is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCiX005jScI They are a bit messy!! Which has got me thinking - why not have competitions run by water companies with awards for different categories: 1 - Best home made water butt 2 - Best decorated water butt 3 - Most amount of water saved in a year through use of water butts 4 - Best water butt scheme organised by children at a school Maybe you...

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There have been a lot of discussions about getting smart meters and water meters already on this site.. I think most of us are on board that they are helpful to enable us to know how much water we are using, that it would make us more water aware. We can all get water meters from our water boards, so I have 2 questions a) For those of us who don't have water meters, why aren't we going straight to our water boards and signing up for one? b) Why don't water boards make them compulsory?...

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Right, I am not the best person to talk about this... I am not male!! However, I've been waiting for this topic to come up, it hasn't so I'm going to start it off, and hope some men chip in!! I have read the following about urinals on wikipedia "Timed flush In Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the Republic of Ireland, Hong Kong and some parts of Sweden and Finland, manual flush handles are unusual. Instead, the traditional system is a timed flush that operates automatically at...

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on some posts we have discussed sewage fees, possibility of fat berg fees, so here is an opportunity to discuss in one area. if water bills were broken down to their lowest level to include sections such as - usage costs - soakaway costs - fat berg removal costs - sewage costs - removal of sanitary towel costs etc would it make us sit up and consider how each of us can reduce each of these costs will it be a way of water companies competing against each other - which water...

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I have just been on a freebie website which tells you what free things are available, and I have discovered you can send off for a free shower timer here; https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/products/view/3056/4-minu.html Its being supplied by Save Water Save Money who are the UK’s largest supplier of water saving devices! I thought their reasoning is very applicable to many of our discussions: "Most people in the UK spend over seven minutes in the shower. Just think how much energy...

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For washing you do need hot water. When my hot water tap or shower is first put on, it takes about 2 minutes to run hot. So that is about 2 minutes of wasted water. When you run a bath, you don't care, as those first couple of minutes of cold water will be absorbed within the mass of hot water. so how do we resolve getting hot water more immediately out of the tap, so it is not wasted?

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noticing that someone mentioned that a pedal bin can cost no more than £5, made me think. Councils provide bins for our recycling, instruct us on what to recycle and do a weekly pick up of said recycling. what about, water companies providing free pedal bins for bathrooms (in a selection of colours), instruct what is to be put in them, and work with the councils to ensure that this waste is picked up. woukd it change thinking if the bathroom waste was treated this way?

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  When one company makes or develops a product, this is often done with several objectives - to meet a customer need, to meet that need in a better way than other companies, make their company stand out, and as a consequence, increase their profits and shareholder dividends! Some companies will add certain other criteria to reach a more niche market - such as being known to be eco friendly, skin friendly, vegan friendly, animal friendly, etc. Other companies are looking for not worrying...

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Just reading an article on fat bergs it says it costs thousands to remove them, but also, I found another comment interesting. He added: 'We find objects down the sewers every day that should not be there. Planks of wood, plastic bottles, and the bane of our lives – wet wipes. They may say flushable on the packet but they don't break down inside the sewer.  so flushable wet wipes are the bane of their lives, causing huge amounts of damage to those who work for the sewers. I don't use...

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A couple of friends have macerator toilets. These are even more sensitive than normal toilets. Yes, you still flush them, but before they eject waste to the sewer or septic tank, they mash up the sewage to make it easier to pump. I understand that you even have to be careful about the quality of the toilet paper with these type of toilets!!  I was was just reading that paper tissues (I.e what you blow your nose on) has different strength to toilet paper so shouldn't be flushed down any...

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I mentioned in an earlier post that I remember back in the 70s when we had standpipes due to water shortages. The summers of 1975 and 1976 were scorchers. I was only 8 years old in 1975, so I don't remember all the detail, but I do remember we reached the point where we had to have a stand pipe up the road to collect water... the water was turned off to the house, so you could only use what we collected. It was boiling hot, and you wanted to take a bath every day.. but my mum said we had to...

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I have long hair, and I am continually moulting!!! My hair wraps itself round the vacuum cleaner brushes so that it stops and I have to cut the hair to get it working again. I used to put stray hairs down the toilet to get rid of it, but when my husband caught me he told me off. He informed me it could cause the sewage pump to seize the same way as the Hoover seizes. Hair is strong and needs to be disposed off in the bin!!

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In some cultures it is totally unacceptable to put toilet paper down the toilet... I think that includes China - I think that at some points the sewage system was so inadequate it can't cope with paper... so toilet paper is put in a bin by the side of the toilet. I visited China many years ago and remember thinking how strange it was for the paper to not be fllushed. Now... I actually think it is probably the better option for the environment. But often it's down to culture and what we are...

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I have family abroad and their view of England and the UK in general is that it rains all the time! I now live in Wales, and the idea of it raining all the time here in Wales is even stronger, my friends from London won't even visit me as they think it rains all the time where I live.... and to be honest, it does rain most weeks, and it often rains for days on end. Last summer we had a very extended dry patch... but I do confess it does rain a lot!! I don't mind, as I said in a previous...

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When someone says the average amount of water consumed in a country is a certain number of gallons, or litres, it's incredibly hard to visualise. I have no idea what a gallon or 10 gallons looks like. I don't think about it. So, I would much rather know how long it would take me to use the amount of water it takes to fill an Olympic size swimming pool - in other words I would like to be able to visualise it. Or how many Olympic size swimming pools of water do I use in a year? If someone can...

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When I read this challenge, my immediate thought was of the times that I have been involved in some work during events at Twickenham Rugby stadium. I have worked within a maintenance team involving carpenters, plumbers etc. Under the East and West Concourse of Twickenham rugby ground are 2 Flyte pumps. Because of the number of toilets at the ground, these pumps help push the sewage, etc out into the main sewers - imagine at half time all those toilets flushing at once... some extra help is...

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I live very close to a very popular area for visitors - the Elan Valley, close to Rhayader in Wales. The Victorians built dams and then flooded the valley - yes it was a great blight on the valley at the time... a village and houses had to be evacuated and lost to the scheme, but today, what has been created is a series of beautiful reservoirs, with dams built in brick - they are masterpieces of engineering. The area is now stunning, there are Red Kites, Peregrine Falcons and many other...

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I love rain.... most people I know hate it.. moan that it ruins their hair, dampens their mood, shuts out the sun, etc. But I love rain, if we don't have run, we don't have life. When it rains, there is that amazing "just rained" smell, probably ozone or something, but it's cleansing and refreshing. It's wonderful to just look up into the rain and see the drops falling... just makes me smile.

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Janet Bradley

Llandrindod Wells, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Feb 27, 2015

Bio I used to live in London and commute from the suburbs into the city for work. I now live in one of the most rural parts of England and Wales - in mid Wales. So I've moved from one end of the spectrum to the other. I have travelled the globe, and seen many sights. Have taken up cycling in the last 4 years.

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Wales

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45-55

Do you have a water meter?
No

Are you the water bill payer?
Yes

Who provides your water?
Welsh Water

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