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Luxembourg's trigger happy toilet habits
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Luxembourg's trigger happy toilet habits

06.11.2013 From our online archive
Flushing the toilet accounts for a third of household water use in the Grand Duchy, an EU report aimed at creating an ecolabel for toilets has found.

(CS) Flushing the toilet accounts for a third of household water use in the Grand Duchy, an EU report aimed at creating an ecolabel for toilets has found.

While the report resulted in a recommendation to reduce the capacity of flushing mechanisms to 3.5 litres on average, it also offered an insight into water consumption and toilet habits across the EU.

For example, Luxembourg residents consume around 154 litres of water per day, around 20 litres less than the European average. The most frugal users of water live in Lithuania (67 litres), while Italians use a staggering 320 litres per day.

How is this water used? Across the EU, around 35 percent are used for personal hygiene, such as showering and washing. In second place ranks going to the toilet (25 percent), followed by washing clothes (14 percent), doing the dishes (8 percent), cleaning, gardening and car washing (5 percent), cooking and drinking (5 percent) and other activities (8 percent).

Data varies between member states. For example, in Finland only 14 percent of water are used flushing the toilet. In Luxembourg this is at 33 percent, only surpassed in a comparison between 17 OECD countries in the study by Belgium at 36 percent.

However, data may be slightly skewed. For Luxembourg there is no data on water consumption for cleaning, gardening and car washing, which could distort the figures in the other categories of water use, which are at 37 percent for personal hygiene, 19 percent for clothes and dish washing and 8 percent for other activities.

Reporting by Dominique Nauroy