Grohe Rainshower hand showers (£113) come in a wide range of pretty colours, which might be reason enough to buy one. But they also come with an EcoButton to reduce water flow. For these and other shower heads that can cut water use by up to 40 per cent, call 0871 200 3414, or visit grohe.co.uk.
Water-saving basins and baths
Toto of Clerkenwell
This Japanese manufacturer famous for its lavatories that use time technology to determine how much water to flush (the longer the person spends sitting, the more water is flushed) has opened a big showroom in Clerkenwell.
Here you will find its complete range of water-saving basins, baths, lavatories and showers. Toto has also introduced Gyrostream, a shower which jets out of the wall covering the whole body in water but using only half the usual amount. From £1,272.68.
Toto, 140-142 St John Street, EC1. For more information, call 020 7831 7544, or visit eu.toto.com.
Natural history museum
This little device, available in a duck or droplet design, promotes awareness of how long you spend under the shower. You can set a time in minutes and seconds and a beep tells you when it’s time to turn off the tap.
Great to get children used to the idea that showers are not infinite. Costs £5 from the Natural History Museum. See nhm.ac.uk/buyonline or call 020 7942 5494.
Filtering waste water
Designers Gabriele and Oscar Buratti have come up with a combination washbasin and lavatory for Roca called W+W. The idea is to filter and then re-use the waste water from the handbasin to fill the WC cistern for next time. This reduces water usage by up to 25 per cent, compared with a standard 6/3 litre dual-flush WC.
The W+W has already won several eco awards. It looks smart, is compact and costs around £2,703. Visit roca-uk.com, or call 01530 830080.
It is not just water that can be conserved in a bathroom. Think of the savings you can make buying soaps and shampoos in bulk - and all the packaging that you regularly go through when buying individual bottles and dispensers. The Penguin dispenser (left), designed by Luciano Lorenzatti, comes in a variety of “soft touch” bright colours and is available online from Umbra for £16.50 (umbra.com) and also at John Lewis, Heals and House of Fraser.
The Ecocamel aerated shower head costs £24.95 and can be attached to any regular shower (there is a fixed version, too; right, for £34.95). Both showerheads aerate the water, which gives the impression that you are using more water than is actually being consumed. This can save a family of four more than 43,000 litres of water a year, equivalent to £250 off the cost of gas and water bills.
For more information, visit ecocamel.com.
Bathstore.com supplies WaterSave regulators - small valves which restrict water flow to 7.6 litres a minute - free with any shower purchase, as well as traditional-looking lever handles for the lavatory which operate a dual-flush system.
Its Freeform WC cistern uses only two to four litres of water to flush (£399) and its Airdrop aerating shower system costs £449. Visit bathstore.com.
Axor Massaud’s single-lever basin taps produce a thin yet satisfyingly wide rinse effect, so you won’t realise how little water you are using. About £650 from CP Hart (cphart.co.uk).