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Water

Volume 459: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate he has made of (a) the carbon footprint associated with the use of bottled water within the House and (b) what the footprint would be were only tap water available. (132473)

No estimate has yet been made of the carbon footprint associated with the use of bottled water within the House, but one is now being drawn up.

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what measures are being (a) taken and (b) considered to promote efficiency in the use of water on the House of Commons estate. (131067)

The measures being taken to promote efficiency in the use of water on the House of Commons estate include: surveys of toilets, shower rooms and washrooms to obtain quotations for the installation of controls for urinal cisterns, conversion of existing turn or cross head taps to non-concussive self closing push taps, installation of pressure compensating aerators to taps to reduce water flow and the replacement of existing showers with aerated showers to reduce water flow. Thames Water staff inspected most of the toilets on the House of Commons estate in early 2006 and fitted a water saving device to approximately 20 WC cisterns. A consultant is currently investigating how to better promote and implement the energy and water saving policy among staff and other users of the estate's facilities.

A proposal to run an environment champions programme in each estate building is also currently being considered, which would promote better energy and water efficiency and waste management.