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Water Strategy

Water Promise

In 2012 the Mayor Dave Hodgson signed a Water Promise in partnership with Anglian Water Business to save water and cut waste water by 20% by 2016.

Water Promise

 

Water Promise Signing

Following the Promise being signed, the Council worked in partnership with Anglian Water Business to produce a baseline report to identify how much water was being used at each of the Council sites, to identify where the Council was using most water and to highlight where the greatest potential for water saving was by benchmarking sites. The report which was completed has informed the creation of the Council's Water Strategy.

 

Water Strategy

The Water Strategy outlines the commitment the Council has made to water conservation and states the actions that the Council has, and will take, to reduce water use.

Some of the actions that have been completed to date include:

  • Water Efficiency Audits were carried out by Anglian Water Business across many of the Council’s sites to identify areas where the buildings could save water. These audits highlighted potential leaks, suggested whether the sites could save money by switching tariff and Anglian Water Business also provided free save a flush devices to install in toilet cisterns. The recommendations made in the audits were used to develop the Council’s Water Strategy.
  • Tariff optimisation was carried out for all of the Council sites by Anglian Water, finding approximately £2,500 worth of savings from switching to a better tariff.
  • A leak at one of the Council’s changing rooms was discovered and rectified, saving 583m2 water in 6 months
  • Anglian Water Business now provide Bedford with a consolidated bill compromising all of the Council's water bills. This has meant that no paper bills are sent out to site and all bills are sent electronically. This has resulted in the Council being able to validate their own bills and also have a much better view on what is being used and spent on water across the Council. The council found that one site was being charged VAT incorrectly, resulting in Anglian Water crediting back the site over £1,800.

Many more actions which have been completed, planned or are underway are outlined in the Water Strategy document.

To view a copy of the document please click here:

Bedford Borough Council Water Strategy 2014 - 2017

Water Strategy Document

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