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Water Conservation

water butt 

Water Butt Kit Special Offer- £24.99 (while stocks last) 

To help residents save water and money, Bedford Borough Council has made 100 Water Butt Kits available at the special price of £24.99 (plus £5.99 delivery charge). The kit is ideal for collecting water from your home, garage, greenhouse or shed which you can then use to water your garden, reducing the need to use mains water. Plants prefer rainwater to tap water, and water butts are the perfect way to collect it.

 

The kit includes a stand which enables you to fit a watering can under the tap, a child safe lid, and a Rainsaver Diverter Kit to attach the water butt to your downpipe. Easy-to-follow fitting instructions are also supplied with each kit. 

To order a water butt, call: 0844 571 4444 or order online at getcomposting.com.  

 

Free Water Efficiency Home Visit from Anglian Water

Anglian Water offer free water efficiency home visits. During the visit, water efficiency advice and a free 'leak check' will be provided and water-saving products will be fitted where possible, for free. Visit the Anglian Water 'using water wisely' webpage to see if you qualify and to find out more.

 

Tips to help you reduce the amount of water you use around the home

Around 25% of your energy bill is from heating the water in your home you use during showering, washing clothes and dishwashing, so by using water more efficiently and cutting out waste and unnecessary use, you can save money and conserve water.

  1. A running tap uses a lot of water: Don't leave the tap running while brushing your teeth and use a bowl for washing vegetables and dishes.
  2. Fix dripping taps - it could be wasting up to 90 litres of water a week.
  3. Take a shower instead of a bath, but remember a power shower can use twice as much water as a bath.
  4. Install a toilet cistern displacement device to reduce the amount of water used, by 1 litre, every flush.
  5. Wait until you have a full load before doing your washing or using the dishwasher, or use the half-load button on your machine.
  6. If you need to purchase a new water using appliance, check to see how water efficient it is and get the most efficient model you can afford.
  7. Use a bucket and sponge to clean your car instead of a hosepipe.
  8. Collect rainwater from your home, garage, greenhouse or shed in water butts and buckets, and then re-use it in the garden. The average rooftop collects 85,000 litres of water every year. A water butt is a great way to put some of this to use.