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Energy Efficiency

Published on July 23rd, 2009 | by Andrew Williams

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Surestop Device Could Give Major Boost to Water Conservation

July 23rd, 2009 by  


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A UK company has launched a new device that allows users to cut-off their water supply at the flick of a switch, drastically reducing wasteage and giving a significant boost to water conservation efforts.

Instead of scrabbling around looking for the stopcock, the new Surestop device allows users cut supply instantly, saving water loss, and consequent damage, whilst giving householders direct control over water consumption.

Now the company hopes to expand into areas crippled by drought, where water conservation is a pressing priority.

In the UK alone, around three million homes experience leaking kitchen appliances, burst water pipes or tanks every year, at a cost of over £1.8 billion.

The company has already sold almost ¼ million of the straightforward valves, which can be integrated into any domestic water system, usually close to the stopcock. The Surestop switch enables direct control via a flexible tube, linked to a wall-mounted console, which operates mechanically, using water-supply pressure to activate the on-off valve.

The company are now looking to expand to areas where water conservation is a top priority, such as rapidly-expanding desert-state Dubai. Speaking about the product’s future water conservation potential, Surestop Sales Director Noel O’Donnell said, “Our initial domestic product proposition focused on household protection. However, significant opportunities exist in home and overseas commercial markets, where water conservation and financial savings are both important.

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  • Noel O’Donnell

    Russ

    Just to clarify, your earlier post, the Surestop isn’t a solenoid valve. It needs no electrical current to operate. It works purely on water pressure

  • Noel O’Donnell

    Russ

    Just to clarify, your earlier post, the Surestop isn’t a solenoid valve. It needs no electrical current to operate. It works purely on water pressure

  • I think we should make foot operated shut offs mandatory for all new construction homes, especially in the bathrooms. How much water is wasted just brushing teeth. I think that just the act of putting their hands back and forth to the unit is enough to keep our lazy society from using it.

    Cool product, great post!

  • I think we should make foot operated shut offs mandatory for all new construction homes, especially in the bathrooms. How much water is wasted just brushing teeth. I think that just the act of putting their hands back and forth to the unit is enough to keep our lazy society from using it.

    Cool product, great post!

  • I think we should make foot operated shut offs mandatory for all new construction homes, especially in the bathrooms. How much water is wasted just brushing teeth. I think that just the act of putting their hands back and forth to the unit is enough to keep our lazy society from using it.

    Cool product, great post!

  • russ

    Wow! The an English company invented a solenoid valve apparently! What will someone think of next?

    There can’t be more than a few billion in operation around the world at this minute – including one in my house.

  • russ

    Wow! The an English company invented a solenoid valve apparently! What will someone think of next?

    There can’t be more than a few billion in operation around the world at this minute – including one in my house.

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