Peter Highmore – Headteacher at St Leonard’s School
Magda Styles- Water Efficiency Manager at Southern Water
ES4 WC trial hailed as a success in independent report
St Leonard’s Primary School in Hastings have had Green Building Store’s ES4 water-efficient toilets installed in a jointly sponsored project run by Southern Water, the Environment Agency and East Sussex County Council, which was funded by the EU. Southern Water replaced seven of the school’s existing nine litre toilets with the low flush 4.5 litre ES4 models (NB: the ES4’s flush volume has since been reduced to 4 litres) and monitored their performance from summer 2003 until September 2004.
The final project report was published in September 2004 and has shown that the toilets have not only reduced water consumption, but have also been performing to a much higher standard than the previous ones, resulting in substantial monthly savings. Peter Highmore, Headteacher at St Leonard’s School said: “The new toilets have not only reduced water consumption, but previous problems with poor flush and unpleasant smells have completely disappeared”.
Measurements indicated that there has been an estimated reduction of some 38% in the volume of water used for flushing toilets in the school. Magda Styles, Southern Water’s Water Efficiency Manager said: “The project with St Leonards School has been a great success and we are delighted with the results. This is ‘the’ water efficient toilet. We would like to see regulation ensuring these toilets are fitted in all new homes as standard”.
Case study: 2004
Independent Environment Agency/ Southern Water performance report – download pdf