Cardiff International Pool is saving thousands of pounds in water charges by using a simple new invention supplied by hygiene and cleaning specialists Chemex.

Chemex, which operates franchises across the UK, is supplying the leisure centre with biological cleaning devices, which drops into gents urinals and drastically reduce water usage.


In the first six months of usage the centre has used 2,507 less units of water, which equates to a savings of £3,098 or the equivalent of more than £6,000 a year.

Even the most efficient urinals use 1,000 litres of water a week which costs around £150 a year but the majority are poorly set up increasing this cost to £500 a year.

Chemex has developed a simple toilet block that uses natural bacteria and enzymes to keep urinals smell free and blockage free eliminating the need for flushing.

They are also completely ‘green’ as they harness nature’s technology rather than traditional harsh, carbon intensive chemicals.

John de Maid, General Manager of Cardiff International Pool, said: “To shave £6,000 a year off one utility bill is pretty impressive. It is saving money as well as helping the environment by reducing demand for water.”


The pool is operated on behalf of Cardiff City Council by Parkwood Leisure – one of the UK’s leading leisure management companies with a portfolio of more than 80 facilities, de Maid added: “As a company we are constantly looking at providing best value for our clients and this devise from Chemex has provided a simple way to save money without reducing service levels.

“All venues providing toilet facilities for large number of people should consider this device especially in the current difficult economic climate.”

The device has also attracted the attention of professional football clubs and is currently in use at Premier League club Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium. Chemex Scientific Director Sean Derrig said in addition to sporting and leisure venues, the device was also saving money for hotels, restaurants, pubs, schools and colleges.

He said: “It’s not just big businesses that can benefit but smaller ones too. The whole thing works through natural enzymes and there is no need for any plumbing changes simply drop the block and cage into the urinal and start saving water and money.”

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