Exeter City Council was able to save more than £80,000 in a year from its water and sewerage bills after working with South West Water Business.

The two organisations worked together to review water consumption at 10 of the local authority’s public toilet blocks, which have high levels of water usage,  as well as the Civic Centre, in Paris Street.

This identified some straightforward and cost effective ways that consumption could be reduced. This included fitting water saving urinals and flush timers which substantially reduced the amount of water that was used – with one of the toilet blocks seeing a reduction of more than 50 per cent as a result. The water saving features installed at the toilets, in Paris Street, cost £3,285 but a return on investment was made within six months as water consumption fell from 12 cubic metres a day to just 5.31 cubic metres a day.

Senior Key Account Manager John Clarke said: “We adopted a collaborative approach with Exeter City Council. When they saw how much they were saving at their city centre sites, they expanded the programme to other sites in the city. It was a project that we were able to help the council to look at the cost installation vs strong projected savings so they could see that they could see that they would get some rapid benefits as a result.”

 “The water efficiency surveys have been fundamental to reducing our water consumption. The new water saving products recommended not only reduced our water consumption, but also provided substantial financial savings. The support and guidance from SWWB has really generated said Jo Pearce, Corporate Energy Manager.

Following the success of the project with Exeter City Council, South West Water Business has worked on similar cost-saving schemes with Cornwall Council and Torbay Council. The public sector is an area of specialist expertise for South West Water Business.

To find out more about how South West Water Business can help your organisation to save water and money, click here or telephone the South West Water Business Commercial Team on 0330 041 5566.