A project in Middlesbrough - saving money and water - on an allotment site has been recognised by a national Water Efficiency Award.
Gardeners at Saltersgill Allotments are now saving the equivalent of 120 baths of water every day per plot, after reducing the amount of water used on their plants from 60 to 23 litres.
That’s following a successful campaign by Northumbrian Water, Middlesbrough Council and Middlesbrough Environment City’s One Planet Middlesbrough project to help and encourage allotment holders to reduce their water usage.
Clair Cooper, Demand Planning Project Manager at Northumbrian Water, said: “It is great to win this award and to see our work gain industry recognition. We’re always trying to help our customers save water and save money on their bills.”
The Saltersgill project won in the ‘Landscape and Gardening’ category of the UK Water Efficiency Awards 2014 supported by the Environment Agency and Waterwise.
The challenge was to reduce bills and to reduce water usage through effective partnership working and delivering key messages to allotment plot holders, whilst helping individuals to understand their impact on the local environment.
Clair said: “The allotments at Saltersgill were using a staggering 17,000 litres of water each day – that’s enough to fill 739 buckets.
“During spring it can be easy for gardeners and allotment holders to use large quantities of water on their plants and vegetables and that’s when a water butt can come in handy for storing rain water for the garden.”
Councillor Tracy Harvey, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “Allotments and community growing projects are more popular than they’ve ever been in Middlesbrough, but we can all too easily take the supply of water for granted.
“This initiative has been a huge success in encouraging allotment holders to think twice about how and when they water their produce, so I am delighted it has won well-deserved recognition with this award.
“It’s a great way to promote water conservation, and will no doubt encourage allotment holders and growers elsewhere to do their bit to save water.”
Dr Mark Fishpool, Director, Middlesbrough Environment City said “We’re thrilled to have received this award.
“It’s a great example of how successful partnership working can make a dramatic difference in environmental projects.
“It also demonstrates a clear link between increased sustainability and reduced costs not just for individuals, but for businesses and local authorities too.”
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