July 2009 sees the UK’s first ever Water Saving Week.

July 2009 sees the UK’s first ever Water Saving Week.

It has been known for some while that our water resources are at times stretched, hosepipe bans are the tell tale signs. The increasing population and effects of climate change have put some parts of the UK under extreme pressure. The South East has less rainfall per head of population than parts of the Middle East for example Sudan. However, it is not just the South East that has these problems as 16 out of the 22 water regions in England, 10 of which are referred to as serious, are classified as water stressed according to the Environment Agency. Overall, the UK has less water available per person than any other EU country apart from Belgium and Cyprus.

Energy Efficiency has, since 2001 when the UK governments Climate Change Programme was launched, taken centre stage in respect of Climate Change. Yet any good energy consultant will tell you that the first area you should look at, when trying to reduce your utility consumption, is water. It is relatively cheap to reduce your water consumption making payback periods attractive plus with the aid of enhanced capital allowances purchasing from the Water Technology List makes the case of water saving financially sound.

As more and more areas become water stressed and the price of water increases year on year it is time to raise the profile of water saving, hence the establishment of Water Saving Week. Indeed in the budget Alistair Darling stated that “..making more efficient use of water resources is key to adapting to future changes in the climate”.

Companies can pay as much as 1% of their annual turnover on water supply and sewerage charges, for many companies this amounts to tens if not hundreds of thousands of pounds. Companies who have not yet taken a serious look into water saving can achieve around a 30% reduction in their water bill often with little investment. There can also be positive knock on effects such as a reduction in water sewerage charges and energy saving benefits.

“Helpful information, practical tips and good advice is what businesses need” says Coles. The website www.watersavingweek.org.uk is certainly comprehensive. Businesses can also complete a quick online water saving pledge which will go toward a national total. Companies who pledge will be acknowledged on the site during Water Saving Week, it is hoped that this publicly available information will encourage companies to get involved.

For more information contact: Shawn Coles, Carbon Neutral Media LLP, [email protected] or (01825) 732670

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