FENLANDER: Council backs new campaign to help save water
AS the whole of the East of England remains in the grip of the worst drought for more than a century, everyone in Fenland is being urged to do all they can to save water.
Fenland District Council is backing a new “Drop 20” campaign that Anglian Water has launched to run alongside the hosepipe ban it introduced last week.
The campaign is encouraging people to cut their consumption by 20 litres a day and it sets out a range of simple but effective ways that can be achieved.
Fenland is part of the UK’s most parched region, which has been suffering from the driest 18 months for more than 100 years. Anglian Water says it is going to take weeks or months of above average rainfall to return things to “normal” for this time of year - a few days’ rain would have little impact.
The statistics are startling. A hosepipe can use up to 1,000 litres of water in just one hour - more than the average household consumes in an entire day. Washing a car with one uses a whopping 225 litres in minutes.
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At home, people use an average of 145 litres of water a day. A normal toilet flush or a leaky tap can lead to huge wastage. Some of that could easily be saved. By following the tips listed on this page, households could easily cut their consumption by at least 20 litres a day.
Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for the environment, said this week: “People need to understand how serious this drought is and everyone needs to do everything they can to help.
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“There are many simple ways to cut down on the amount of water we use. If we all made just a few small changes, we could make a really big difference – and we could save money, too.”