USAGE BY 83% Thames Water has saved 83% of the water used across two of its head office bathrooms through its partnership with Propelair.

The UK’s largest water and waste water services provider, which supplies 15 million homes and business premises, is setting an example by reducing toilet and basin water usage in its own buildings.

Trials at Clearwater Court in Reading, where Thames Water has replaced some of its existing low flush toilets (which averaged 6.2 litres per flush) with Propelair models (1.5 litres), resulted in saving 80.7% of the water used in the men’s and ladies’ loos.


BFG CLOSURE After the news that The Building Futures Group has closed we are still in the dark as to why the company folded so suddenly.

The BFG made the announcement with a brief press release on 14th January, saying it was closing after ‘two successful years’, but offered no explanation as to why the end had come now. Many within the industry are wondering why a company would close if it was doing well?

Respected voices in the industry are now demanding that the BFG gives a full and frank assessment of what went wrong, so lessons can be learned for the future, and

A combined water saving in just two washrooms monitoring five toilet cisterns, and fitting water sensors on taps and urinals, has resulted in an 83% water saving – 606,000 litres a year and an average of 3,000 litres per person per annum.

Andrew Tucker, water efficiency and affordability manager at Thames Water, said: “Water is a precious commodity and it is our duty to show by example how business premises, schools, offices and others can reduce their water consumption and bills.

“Washrooms account for the majority of water used in most premises so it is the most important place to start our programme.”

help offered to those that have been affected by the shut-down. One such voice comes from the British Cleaning Council, who in a statement, said:

“There is no option to contact the organisation through its website, as the content from both BFG’s and Asset Skills sites has been removed. The lack of clarity surrounding its demise has raised questions about the company’s probity, particularly as it’s received a substantial amount of government funding.

“There is no suggestion, at this stage, that any impropriety has taken place, but there is genuine concern that legitimate questions about the merger, and the subsequent business failure, have not been addressed.”

The Building Futures Group was formed in April 2014 from Asset

By the end of March the whole building will be converted to Propelair toilets, which will deliver savings of around 1.5 million litres a year, worth £3,220 per annum.

Following the success of this pilot, Thames Water will also be installing Propelair fittings at its Walnut Court offices and Spencer House site.

Facilities management company EMCOR, which maintain all Thames Water sites, was very impressed at the water savings.

Danny Bateson, Operational Director, said: “This is a great achievement and we are looking forward to promoting its success to some of our other key clients.”

Skills and the Facilities Management Association. At the time, Chief Executive, Sarah Bentley, said: “the industry lacked a consolidated, industry voice… BFG will provide a platform that has been badly missing.”

But although the new company started brightly, no platform was established, and now industry professionals are left pondering some unanswered questions.

BCC Chairman, Simon Hollingbery, said: “It’s never good to hear about a company closing, but the lack of information coming from BFG about the reasons for its closure is disappointing. The BCC and the rest of the industry needs to know what exactly went wrong, so that we can all learn lessons for the future.”

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