Rugby club tries water efficiency devices and converts savings on their water costs

Ken-Richardson-President-Linlithgow-Rugby-Club-png.jpgA rugby club has tackled its water bill amounts and reduced their running costs by installing water-saving devices, thanks to work with the UK’s largest water retailer.

Linlithgow Rugby Club’s Main Park ground didn’t have any water efficiency devices on-site but match days saw showers, and toilet areas used by the teams and club officials. The club also held community outreach activities too, which meant more water use at the site at other times.

After entering a water efficiency competition for sports organisations in Scotland, run by water retailer Water Plus, a range of water efficiency devices were supplied and installed after the club’s winning entry.
Ken Richardson, President and Chair of Linlithgow Rugby Club, said: “A number of years ago, we set out to create a sustainable rugby club, fit for the next 50 years (2020 Vision: Towards 50). A big part of this drive is to install more resource-efficient utilities in and around the club. We celebrated the club’s 50th birthday in 2020 and so the timing of the water efficient devices installation was a big milestone for us.

“We believe it will make a huge difference not only to the club’s ongoing running costs but also towards our vision as we’re using less mains water from the network at our site. The devices were installed quickly, efficiently and safely at the club.”                                                   Ken Richardson, President of Linlithgow Rugby Club

IMG_3104.jpgWater-saving devices installed included flow controllers, water efficient taps and showerheads. The result: flow rates dropped significantly for showers and taps at the club, including from 10 litres a minute for cold and 9 litres a minute hot water in the men’s shower room to 6 litres a minute for both. Push taps and aerators also cut water use in other places from 20 litres a minute for cold water to 4 litres a minute.

Scott MacIndeor, Head of Advanced Services at Water Plus, said: “Even small steps make a big difference when it comes to cutting water waste and identifying weak points on your site water pipes and leaks - along with other opportunities to save on running costs.

“Looking closer at your water use at your site and your consumption data is worth the time to help lower the amount you’re spending on water, cut energy use and contribute to your sustainability and net-zero targets.

“Many do not realise that small, slow-seeping leaks can add up quickly on your operating costs. Our work with this sports club helped identify a trickling leak that was losing 12 litres an hour of water. These can be on the everyday items in a building like taps, toilets or showers.

“Underground leaks on-site can even stop water flowing at a site and can also cost thousands of pounds if they’re not found and repaired.
“So, it’s important for all organisations – large and small - to regularly check your water use – at least once a month, if your water meter is safe to access. You can see any unexpected jumps in consumption that can indicate a leak on-site and have a recent meter reading to hand if you need to update a bill based on estimated use.”
The club, in Linlithgow, West Lothian, in Scotland, also installed a biomass boiler in 2013, to provide heat and hot water, and recently a solar power demonstrator scheme (in partnership with Linlithgow Community Development Trust) to offset their power base load.

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