Emergency forum helps locals save water
A local resilience forum is helping locals save water after the
Environment Agency recently confirmed that parts of Bedfordshire
are experiencing drought.
Despite recent rain, the county is experiencing one of the
driest six month periods across East Anglia, since records began.
As a result the Bedford and Luton Local Resilience forum (BBLRF) is
urging locals to save water by issuing tips which could saves
households thousands of litres of water per year.
The forum, made up of Bedford and Luton councils, The
Environment Agency and the blue light service are asking locals to
take simple measures such as not leaving the tap running when
brushing this teeth, this alone can save up to six litres of water
per minute which across the country is enough to fill over 1,400
Olympic size swimming pools.
Locals are also being asked to wash their car with a bucket,
keep a jug of water in the fridge rather than run the tap until the
water goes cold and let their grass grow as this provides shade for
soil and helps retain water.
Although water companies in the region have said they will not
impose house pipe bans this summer, Chairman of BLLRF, Assistant
Chief Constable Kath Govier from Bedfordshire Police explains why
it is important to conserve water: “We don’t know how long this
drought is going to last, if it continues it may result in the hose
bans or water restrictions between certain hours of the day so it
makes sense to take these simple measures to conserve water.
“Reducing water consumption also make economic sense by
reducing water bills, residents will not only save money on their
water bill, but in the longer term may also save money on their
weekly food shop. The water shortages means that local farmers are
struggling to feed crops such as potatoes and carrots which may
mean the prices rise.
“If everyone does their bit by taking one or more of the steps
mentioned to help conserve water, it will have a significant
impact. We have over 165,453 households and businesses in the
region so you can imagine what an impact it would have if every
household or business took some of these steps. We all will
benefit in the long run. “
For more information on ways to save water and what the drought
means for you visit
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planning advice on http://twitter.com/#!/what_would