Welwyn Garden City man urges residents to copy his water saving methods

PUBLISHED: 14:26 15 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:26 15 August 2018

John Reddington uses different methods of saving water so it doesn't go to waste. Picture: DANNY LOO

John Reddington uses different methods of saving water so it doesn't go to waste. Picture: DANNY LOO

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A Welwyn Garden City man has come up with a unique way of saving water and is encouraging residents to jump on board.

Rather than letting it flow away, 70-year-old John Reddington has avoided wastage by collecting it in empty one-litre plastic milk containers – before using it to replenish his toilet.

The Gresley Close resident said: “I am fortunate that I have a toilet cistern where I can take the cistern lid off and pour the collected water.

“If I am saving about 3,500 litres of water per year, and each flush uses seven litres of water, then I am effectively saving 500 full toilet flushes per year.”

The majority of the saved water comes from turning on the hot water and waiting for it to heat up.

John said he collects roughly 10 litres daily before baths, showering and washing up, which leads to roughly 3,650 litres being saved annually.

He he has always been water conscious, and randomly started his scheme around five years ago, adding it makes him feel uneasy watching people turn on the tap to wash a couple of grapes.

But a big factor was knowing water companies take it from rivers and deprive local wildlife.

“It’s quite a precious resource,” John said. “All the rivers are drying out and the reservoirs are going down.

“It’s happened for a long time, so if they get replenished that would be great.”

John said that if a tenth of Hertfordshire’s 1.2million population copied his method, there would be a saving of around 3billion litres annually.

As well as toilet replenishment, alternative uses include watering the garden or washing the car, and a big perk is slashing the water bill.

“That comes to about £120 per year,” John said. “Apart from my saving water in this way, I also have other water saving devices like a very thin shower head.”

He has six containers in his bathroom, as well as several more stored in a plastic bin in his kitchen.

John said the method may not suit those who do not have a cistern toilet with a liftable lid, or older people who may find refilling difficult, but urged residents to consider it given the climate.

It comes after England enjoyed one of the hottest Julys on record, with authorities in many regions implementing a hosepipe ban.

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