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Washroom Innovation has Far-Reaching Sustainability Benefits

Washroom Innovation Has Far-Reaching Sustainability Benefits
16 June 2021

Washroom water conservation specialists HSG continue to win major contracts with a wide range of businesses and venues across the UK that share the company’s commitment to reducing their environmental impact.

Recognised by The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation, HSG’s Ureco system is a market leader in the competitive washroom services industry.

The Ureco urinal sleeve stops smells by trapping urinal odours below the surface and reduces blockages through the patented enzyme system which breaks down the fat, acid and salt in urine.

This enables the Uretech water manager to reduce urinal flushes from around 96 times to just four times a day – drastically reducing water usage, saving money on utility bills and maintenance and repairs and improving the customers’ washroom experience.

Following further extensive research and development, HSG more recently launched the Uretech Plus professional water management solution.

Fitted onto existing pipework, Uretech Plus uses the latest Wi-Fi technology to provide minute by minute readings of water usage to a laptop, tablet or smartphone – signalling, for example, a leaking tap and therefore avoiding flood damage.


Simon Rice

Picture: a photograph of Simon Rice


NEC Birmingham and East Midlands Airport


The NEC was the first venue to adopt the Ureco system 12 years ago by installing it in 800 urinals across the site.

In the first year alone, the NEC saved enough water to fill 33 Olympic-sized swimming pools and, since those early days, the venue has saved nearly 100 million litres of water.

East Midlands Airport is amongst the latest to reap the cost and environmental benefits of the Ureco system – installed during lockdown in male washrooms throughout the passenger terminal.

This will reduce EMA’s water consumption by 16,845,480 litres over the next three years, produce 5.907 less tonnes of CO2 a year and save the company more than £14,000 in water bills every year.




Saeid Nikjooy, EMA’s Head of Asset Maintenance Services, explained: “We trialled the Ureco system over an eight week period.

“The results were outstanding both in terms of the washroom hygiene and the reduced water usage and we have rolled out the system across the site with 68 Ureco units and 26 Uretech water managers.

“Sustainability is embedded into all our operations and we aim to lead the way among airports in addressing our social and environmental responsibilities and achieving significant cost savings.

“Furthermore, as travel restrictions are eased and passenger numbers increase, improved washroom facilities will be vitally important for our customers in the terminal building.”

HSG managing director Simon Rice concluded: “EMA is the latest high profile company to recognise the value of installing our Ureco system – joining venues such as the NEC, 02 Arena and Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

“We look forward to working with them over the coming years to maintain the efficiency of the system and monitoring the water and cost savings to ensure maximum return on their investment.

Picture: a photograph of one of East Midlands Airport's terminals

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 16 June 2021


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