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Water butts on offer to borough residents

Residents in Bedford Borough can now get extra help to save water and money as Bedford Borough Council has agreed a deal to provide subsidised water butts for local residents.

 

Water butts are usually connected to your drainpipes and collect water from your home, garage, greenhouse or shed which you can then use to water your garden, reducing the need to use mains water.

 

The annual average rainfall in the Anglian Water region is just 600 millimetres a year, which is a third less than the rest of England. Therefore, by using water more efficiently and reducing waste and unnecessary use you can conserve water and save money on your bills.

 

Bedford Borough Council, in partnership with Straight plc, is offering a limited number of 190 litre water butt kits for the special price of £30 (plus £5.49 delivery charge). This is a saving of £9.98 on the usual price.

 

The kit also includes a stand which enables you to fit a watering can under the tap, a child safe lid, and handles for easy lifting. Easy-to-follow fitting instructions are supplied with each kit.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Installing a water butt is an excellent way to conserve water and save money on your bills.

 

“Water butts can collect the rain from your house, shed or garage which would otherwise be lost into drains or elsewhere and can be used to water your garden or plant pots.

 

“We have a limited number of water butts on offer so any residents who would like to conserve water in the future should place their order as soon as possible.” 


The following top 6 tips can help you reduce the amount of water you use around the home:
 

- Turning the tap off while brushing teeth as this can waste 10 litres of water a minute
 

- Wash your vegetables in a bowl, not under a running tap – use the water to water the garden.
 

- Use a bucket and a sponge to wash the car, rather than a hosepipe
 

- Fit a Save-a flush device in your toilet cistern
 

- Taking a shower instead of a bath (remember a power shower can use twice as much water as a bath)
 

Installing a water butt in the garden. Just one can collect 5,000 litres of rainwater a year. According to Waterwise, if every household in the UK bought a standard water butt this would save 30,000 million litres of water each summer!
 

To order visit: www.getcomposting.com or call 0845 130 6090 quoting reference BBC09PR.

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