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Flushed with Environmental Saving Success

A total of 45, water saving Propelair units have been installed in Lynton House, Ilford, by Redbridge Council as part of its work to reduce its carbon footprint.

Built in 1967 and opened the following year, the 13-storey, 40m tower in Ilford High Road is one of London's early tall buildings and now accommodates key council functions, children’s services, human resources, finance services, highways and property services.

The toilets are reported to have generated ‘significant’ savings on water use in public and commercial buildings. There is also said to be the indirect benefit of reducing some energy use and reduced embodied carbon through less water use. Using a sealed lid when flushing, the system improves hygiene by cutting airborne germs.

An on-site pilot trial monitoring of three Propelair toilets indicated annual water savings of 243cum – or £529, with a reduced carbon footprint of 91Kg. As 45 units are installed, the Redbridge Council believes savings are going to be considerably more.

Propelair units can be retrofitted to drainage systems, simply connecting pipes that are already in place and are claimed to use 84% less water than conventional toilets, cutting water bills by up to 60% as well as reducing the spread of germs by 95%.

Picture: Water saving Propelair units have been installed in Lynton House, Ilford, by Redbridge Council. 

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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