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Make your Pledge to Save Water

March 24, 2006 at 5:23 am

A new website has been set up by eight southern water companies in partnership with the Environment Agency to try and encourage the public to conserve water and beat the current drought the south is facing.

The website features a pledge system where people can choose various areas where they can save water in the house and garden and make an online promise that they will make these changes.

The most popular change at present is to water the garden with a watering can rather than a sprinkler. Sprinklers actually use over 1,000 litres per hour, that is as much as six people use normally in one day so if people stick to this pledge this will really make a difference. In fact, most of the south have had hose pipe bans enforced anyway so this promise should be kept.

Other pledges include turning off the tap whilst brushing teeth and washing vegetables; having showers instead of baths and having a water saving device to the toilet. If all the pledges that have been made so far are put into action then a total of 61,940,004 litres of water will be saved.

Help beat the drought and make your pledge today.

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Free Water Costs for Leak Snitches

March 21, 2006 at 2:36 am

Many UK water customers are unhappy with their water company at the moment, as discussed it this article below they seem to contnually be delivering bad news.

We are told to use less water because of the lack of rain over the winter, our water bills seem to be going up or we are foced to have a meter installed yet the service does not seem to reflect these rules and payments.

Whilst we are keeping our taps turned off, approximately 800million gallons of water leaks out of our badly maintained pipelines every day. Not surprisingly spurring anger amongst water customers nationwide.

In response to this unbelievable statistic, the Daily Mail have launched a campaign to find ‘Britain’s biggest drip’. They are encouraging readers to contact them if they spot a leak near them, and the worst reported leak will get their water bill paid for a year. Worth becoming a snitch for at a time we are faced with ever increasing bills?

To report a leak, simply write to Water Watch, Daily Mail, 2 Derry St, London W8 5TT or send an email to waterwatch@dailymail.co.uk. Please include your telephone number. If you can supply your own picture then so much the better. Closing date is Friday, 14 April. Normal Daily Mail rules apply. The Editor’s decision is final.

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Water Use Quiz

March 15, 2006 at 2:07 pm

We drink it, wash and cook with it, flush it – and now, after two unusually dry winters, face shortages.

It seems an ideal opportunity to test your knowledge of water use. Take this quick BBC quiz.

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Water Company owes Millions after Overcharging

March 10, 2006 at 5:05 am

Severn Trent Water owes millions of customers money back after overcharging for their water supply.

After an 18 month investigation by Ofwat, it has been discovered that Severn Trent had provided them with incorrect financial data.

The overcharging equated to around £2 and £3 each year on the average household bill, which doesn’t sound much in itself but by 2009/10 it could have reached a huge £42 million.

The company has apologised and assured customers that they are working on repaying the money, with £7 million currently being repaid and the rest to follow over the next 3 years.

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Plenty of Rain in Wales

March 2, 2006 at 12:44 pm

Despite a new rule that will allow water companies across the UK to introduce compulsory metering, Welsh Water so they have no plans to implement this.

Customers in the South East may be faced with larger bills as Folkestone and Dover Water have had to introduce compulsory metering as water is so scarce. This is due to the lack of rainfall and increased housing developments in this area. The water situation is however very different in wales where shortages are not being felt.

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All Doom and Gloom for the Water Industry

March 2, 2006 at 10:26 am

It seems to be one thing after another for the Water Industry as customers continue to receive news of shortages, bill increases and now compulsory metering in some areas.

It seems hose pipe bans are set for this summer after the driest winter for 40 years in parts of the country with rainfall remaining scarce and resevoirs still at low levels.

There are also concerns about leaks in distribution pipes in some areas, which frustrate customers as they try hard to conserve their usage whilst unrepaired leaks nearby see water trickling away. Water UK assure customers that something is being done about these leaks but where the situation is bad, for example parts of London, it is a costly job, with Thames Water spending £190m a year fixing leaks and mains.

The latest worry for many water customers is the introduction of compulsory meters. After such a dry winter, the government has agreed that companies can implement compulsory water meter installation where necessary. Folkstone and Dover Water will be one of the companies taking action on this issue after severely dry conditions and this leaves many households concerned over increased bills. This comes soon after Ofwat recently announced water bill increases across the country.

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