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As the government promotes the importance of regularly washing hands for 20 seconds to slow the spread of Covid-19, one can only imagine how much more water is running down the plug hole and being wasted across the country.

A problem made worse with many of us already having taps that simply run too fast. Now there’s an easy way to reduce the flow in a bathroom or kitchen tap, by retrofitting a flow regulator potentially creating huge water and energy savings.

The importance of saving water is well documented, using more costs money to heat it, uses energy that adds to our carbon emissions and further depletes what is becoming a scarce resource. Yes,  even in the UK with all the wet weather we experience, water is still in short supply.

So, whilst it may seem a simple request to wash our hands regularly for 20 seconds if it doubles the amount of water used each wash, it results in many thousands more litres of water being washed down the plughole.

As an industry, we have the technology to easily reduce the flow of water in taps without compromising the experience. We all have taps in the home, in the bathroom or cloakroom in particular, where water is largely used for just washing hands or cleaning teeth. Most of the time these taps have a higher flow rate than required and we are simply throwing clean water down the drain.

It’s a really affordable solution to retrofit a flow regulator, most consumers could do it themselves with a little advice. They simply need to be aware that flow regulators exist, obtain the right advice as to which regulator to fit to retain adequate performance and finally they need to purchase a simple tool to fit it.

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This guest blog was provided by Kevin Gates, MD, Neoperl UK Ltd

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