These students are on a mission to reduce water consumption
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The Lanes Group, a national drainage specialist, has partnered with students at the University of Salford to solve one of the world's major problems: water consumption. Ideas ranged from toilet grates to daily shower limits, but ultimately only three top ideas were selected. Along with the competition the group also commissioned a study on student water usage. Their results indicate that students waste the equivalent of more than two baths of water daily – about 180 litres. According to the study, which focused on 18-24 year olds, students are leaving taps running for an average of 15 minutes per day. They're also spending about an hour and a half in the shower over the course of a week, and flushing the toilet instead of throwing items like tissues and q-tips in the bin. In order to tackle such wastage, three students came up with the below ideas: First prize went to biology student John Kearney, who came up with a plan to change the bottles used to contain oil used in fryers and chip pans at home and in food establishments. New bottles would be divided into two parts – one half containing fresh oil, and the other half featuring a wider mouth so that old, waste oil can be stored. The entire bottle would have the ability to withstand high heat, so that consumers can immediately deposit oil with less waste.
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