To help residents save water
and money, Bedford Borough Council is offering Water Butt Kits at
subsidised prices. 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.
- 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
- Fix dripping taps - it could be wasting up to 90 litres of
water a week.
- Take a shower instead of a bath, but remember a power shower
can use twice as much water as a bath.
- Install a toilet cistern displacement device to reduce the
amount of water used, by 1 litre, every flush.
- Wait until you have a full load before doing your washing or
using the dishwasher, or use the half-load button on your
- 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
- Use a bucket and sponge to clean your car instead of a
- 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.