Since January, the water company has fixed 3,257 toilets for free, saving a total of 700,000 litres of water over the course of the year. This has also helped to reduce customers’ annual bills by £200.
As part of the huge milestone and in honour of World Toilet Day on Sunday, November 19th, the company have committed to donate £1 to WaterAid for every leaky loo fixed in November.
According to WaterAid, 2.3 billion people, which is the equivalent to 1 in 3 people worldwide, have a lack of access to clean water and decent toilets.
About half of all girls worldwide attend schools without toilets, forcing many of them to drop out when they reach puberty.
However, in the UK, where toilets are taken for granted, millions of litres of water is wasted per day due to them leaking – a problem which Northumbrian Water offers to fix for free.
Sarah Bowerman, Water Efficiency Analyst at Northumbrian Water, said: “World toilet day leads us to think about those who aren’t as fortunate to be able to have access to decent toilet facilities like us.
“However, in the UK, we take our loos for granted and yet they’re also one of the most common ways that we waste another precious resource – water. It’s something that often happens without us even thinking about.
“That’s why we encourage as many people as possible to get in touch and get their leaky loo fixed for free.
“As well as saving water, this is also a good way of keeping bills to a minimum during our own cost of living crisis.”
To find out more about leaky loos, visit - Leaky loos, or if you have a leaky loo, call 0800 953 0130 to discuss a free repair.