Savings are in the pipeline for residents in a Northumberland town, thanks to a major water conservation campaign.
Northumbrian Water’s ‘Every Drop Counts’, which launched in Berwick-upon-Tweed in June, has already helped customers save an average of £40 off the cost of their annual metered water bill.
The water company is working with Berwick Community Trust and Crowder Consulting to offer free audits to homes and businesses in the town until the middle of October, to assess their water usage.
Following the audit, a range of devices worth over £100, including aerated shower heads, tap inserts and dual flush devices for toilets can be installed to help save water, energy and money.
So far, households on a water meter have saved more than 45 litres of water per day, which is equivalent to 79 pints of milk.
Mr Ronnie Hush, of Callers Court, who had an audit and water saving devices installed at his home, is now set to save 60 litres of water per day and nearly £50 off his water and sewerage bill based on his new usage.
He said: “I’ve been telling everybody about the project because it’s well worth getting an audit done - it’s free and it saves you money. The process was seamless and it really puts water saving to the front of your mind.
“We received lots of little gadgets that I’m really pleased with, such as tap inserts and a shower timer which I think is a great idea, it definitely makes you get out of the shower quicker.
“I’m looking forward to getting my next water bill and seeing the difference!”
Mrs Moira Henry, a campaign worker for Berwick Community Trust who is helping to promote Northumbrian Water’s Every Drop Counts scheme to residents, also had a water audit carried out at her home in Spittal.
She said: “I think that this is a great project. I’m helping to encourage others to take part but I’ve also had a water audit and received water saving devices myself, so I really believe in what I’m doing and how worthwhile the project is.
“Aside from saving money, ethically we’re saving water which is good for the planet and we’re also educating people about how simple it is to save water.”
Customers will also receive advice on how small changes to daily habits can make a big difference to the way they use water, such as turning off the tap when brushing your teeth and repairing dripping taps.
Clair Cooper, Demand Planning Project Manager at Northumbrian Water, said: “We take top quality tap water for granted but it is a precious resource and we need to do all we can to protect it.
“As well as being prepared for the future, saving water around the home can also save you hundreds of pounds per year in water and energy bills. Not many people realise that much of their water use contributes to their energy bill, mostly through heating the water for showers and baths.
“We’ll be carrying out water audits in Berwick until mid-October and we want everybody to help us make every drop, and every penny count.”
Customers are being invited to find out more and sign up for their free water audit at www.nwl.co.uk/everydropcounts, calling 0333 332 1731 or by texting ‘WATER’ to 80878.
The Every Drop Counts campaign in Berwick follows Northumbrian Water’s first whole-town approach to water conservation in Wooler last year, which successfully helped the town save more than 35,000 litres of water per day.
For more information contact Janine Scott on 0191 301 6713.