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Supporting World Water Day

Bedford Borough Council is supporting World Water Day on Friday 22nd March.

 

World Water Day is a worldwide campaign, organised by the United Nations and aims to focus attention on the importance of freshwater. This year’s topic is water cooperation.

 

To support the day and help local residents to reduce the amount of water they use, Bedford Borough Council’s Sustainability Team will be holding a World Water Day stand in the Howard Centre on Friday 22nd March between 9am and 3pm.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Bedford Borough Council is already working hard to save water and was the first local authority to sign up to the Anglian Water Promise. Through this pledge we committed to cutting the Council’s water usage by 20% by 2015 across all Council buildings, representing a reduction in carbon footprint of 700 tonnes and a reduction in both water and energy costs. 

 

“We are also continuing to work with local schools to identify ways in which they can reduce their water consumption.

 

“The Sustainability Team will be on hand this Friday with tips and advice to help local residents look after and conserve water at home and at work. By coming down to meet the team you could save yourself money and help to protect the environment. “

 

According to Anglian Water, we each use an average of 145 litres of water a day at home, and are encouraging us all to reduce our consumption of water by 20 litres, every day by:

 

1         Turning off the tap for two minutes when brushing your teeth – saving up to 12 litres

2         Only using a washing machine or dishwasher when they are fully loaded

3         Installing a water displacement device or ‘hippo’ in your toilet cistern and saving a litre of water every flush

4         Fixing dripping taps – saving up to 3 litres a day which is over 1,000 litres a year

5         Installing a water butt in the garden can collect up to 5,000 litres of rainwater a year.

 

Bedford Borough Council’s Sustainability Team’s World Water Day stand will be located in the Howard Centre (outside New Look) on Friday 22nd of March from 9am - 3pm. You can also visit:  www.bedford.gov.uk/sustainability to view the tips on the Water Conservation webpage.

 

To find out more about the World Water Day campaign, visit the website: www.unwater.org/worldwaterday

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