What Does 315,000 Litres of Water Look Like?

Date posted: 13.07.2023

315,000 litres of water. Something of a magic number for us. This is because 315,000 litres of water is the average savings our Ureco System can save annually when fitted to just one urinal cistern. You can find out more about the Ureco here, but let’s take a closer look at that elusive figure.

In an era where water scarcity is a growing concern, it's crucial to recognise the environmental implications of excessive water consumption. And 315,000 litres is a lot.

Just how much? Well, let's try and imagine what 315,000 litres of water would look like. To help draw a picture, envision yourself in a warm, bubbling hot tub on a summer's night, with your favourite drink in hand, gazing at the horizon as the sun dips behind it.

Now, stop envisioning, and delve into this impressive figure. 315,000 litres of water is the equivalent of 252 hot tubs! Imagine, that's 5 hot tubs in a row, with 49 more rows of 5 behind them.

Moreover, whether the drink you envisioned was a mug of tea or a pint of your favourite tipple, 315,000 litres would be able to refill each container 900,000 times and 551,000 times respectively.

However, the impact of such a massive volume extends beyond just numbers.

The sobering reality is that water scarcity affects millions worldwide. According to the United Nations, over 2 billion people currently lack access to clean drinking water. It's a stark reminder that while 315,000 litres may appear vast, it represents the annual water consumption of 450 individuals, demonstrating that water is a precious resource that we must value and protect.

When it comes to environmental consequences, the effects ripple beyond immediate consumption. For instance, a single cotton t-shirt requires approximately 2,700 litres of water. Hence, 315,000 litres could produce around 116 t-shirts, exemplifying the water-intensive nature of this industry.

Let's not forget the significance of water in agriculture. To grow a single kilogram of wheat, approximately 1,500 litres of water is needed. So, 315,000 litres would enable the cultivation of over 210 kilograms of this vital crop; enough to provide food for 1,500 people.

The broader impacts of water consumption transcend just water’s importance on our environment. It is often forgotten that water treatment releases CO2. Referring to the latest industry-standard DEFRA calculation, 315,000 litres of water produces a massive 119kg of CO2, the same as driving an average car for nearly 300 miles.

Finally, water consumption not only has a cost to the environment, it also has a cost to the company. As the majority of water passing through urinals is potable, 315,000 litres would equate to £787.50 in utility bills at the average UK water cost.

To conclude, water is a resource we generally take for granted. However, if you have ever experienced a water outage, you soon realise just how much you rely on this precious resource. Realising the sheer amount of water that can be saved through just one cistern, 315,000 litres, demonstrates how crucial systems such as the Ureco are to save water.

Ultimately, reducing your organisation’s water consumption is a great way to genuinely do your bit for the environment, boost your eco credentials, save on your energy bills, and reduce CO2 emissions.

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