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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 https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/maintaining-secure-water-supplies-high-standards-of-drinking-water-and-effective-sewerage-services/supporting-pages/water-resource-management#drought Residents can receive updates and also share their own emergency planning advice on http://twitter.com/#!/what_would and http://www.facebook.com/pages/What-Would-You-Do-If/171315149591931

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