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Water saving

The Council has signed up to the Aquafund® grant scheme which is designed to help the council make water efficiencies and associated cost and carbon reductions.  This has proved very effective in reducing our water costs around the District.

The Aquafund® grant is administered by Advanced Demand Side Management (ADSM), specialists in assisting organisations in the public and private sector to reduce water consumption by providing:

  • Guaranteed savings on water costs
  • A dedicated water bureau service – verifying and validating water bills and site data
  • Surveys for all sites – for technical, financial, operational and environmental evaluations
  • Installing state-of-the-art water saving technologies – for water efficiencies
  • A leakage identification service and site support staff
  • Fit data loggers and automated meter readers (AMR), where applicable – for electronic data collection
  • A full technical and legal consultancy – to negotiate and obtain rebates and refunds from water suppliers
  • Annual maintenance on installed equipment
  • Mapping of the water meter distribution network
  • Statistical benchmarks for all building classifications
  • Supplying ‘Monitoring & Targeting’ reporting – for monthly, in-depth analysis and visibility on water usage status
  • Ensuring that water consumption reductions are maintained
  • Guidance through environmental certification

Water Conservation

Some tips for saving water in the home;

  • Save the cold water that comes through before a tap runs hot, and use it to water plants
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of waiting for the tap to run cold
  • Turn off the taps when you're brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Wash fruit and vegetables in a washing-up bowl full of water instead of under a running tap
  • If you haven't already, try the water meter calculator (link below) to see if you could save money by installing one, and contact your water company for advice getting one installed
  • Half-load programmes on dishwashers and washing machines use more than half the water of a full load - so wait until you have a full load
  • A 5-minute shower uses about a third of the water of a bath (but power showers can use more water than a bath in less than 5 minutes).  Aerating showers heads give a powerful feeling shower with reduced water use
  • Old toilet cisterns can use as much as 9 litres of clean water every flush. Reduce this by placing a 'save-a-flush' or 'hippo' bag in the cistern
  • Cotton wool and tissues should be put in a waste bin rather than flushed down the toilet
  • Dripping taps can waste up to 4 litres of water a day so replace worn tap washers

Saving water in the garden;

  • Water your garden using watering cans rather than hoses or sprinklers and target water around the base of plants
  • Install a water butt and use rain water on your garden
  • Use surface mulches, such as wood chips or bark, to help prevent water evaporation from soil
  • Use water retaining crystals in hanging baskets and containers. These are available from most gardens centres and reduce the need for watering
  • Use drought tolerant planting such as thyme, evening primrose, rock rose, Californian poppy, lavender, buddleia and hebes
  • Where possible move containers into the shade to limit their water demand and water in the evenings to reduce evaporation

Severn Trent Water is responsible for supplying water to all homes within Ashfield District. They are committed to reducing energy consumption and often offer free products, tips and advice to help achieve this.

Useful Links

Severn Trent: http://www.stwater.co.uk/  Phone: 08457 500 500

And the Environment Agency website at:

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/

Water meter calculator

http://www.ccwater.org.uk/watermetercalculator/

Contact Sustainability for further information