Turn off that tap!

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AS the whole of the East of England remains in the grip of the worst drought for more than a century, everyone in Fenland is being urged to do all they can to save water.

And Fenland District Council is backing a new “Drop 20” campaign that Anglian Water has launched to run alongside the hosepipe ban it introduced last week.

The campaign is encouraging people to cut their consumption by 20 litres a day and it sets out a range of simple but effective ways that can be achieved.

Fenland is part of the UK’s most parched region, which has been suffering from the driest 18 months for more than 100 years. Anglian Water says it is going to take weeks or months of above average rainfall to return things to “normal” for this time of year - a few days’ rain would have little impact.

The statistics are startling. A hosepipe can use up to 1,000 litres of water in just one hour - more than the average household consumes in an entire day. Washing a car with one uses a whopping 225 litres in minutes.

At home, people use an average of 145 litres of water a day. A normal toilet flush or a leaky tap can lead to huge wastage. Some of that could easily be saved. By following the tips listed below, households could easily cut their consumption by at least 20 litres a day.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for the environment, said this week: “People need to understand how serious this drought is and everyone needs to do everything they can to help.

“There are many simple ways to cut down on the amount of water we use. If we all made just a few small changes, we could make a really big difference – and we could save money, too.”

TOP TIPS FOR EVERY HOUSEHOLD

IN THE HOME…

Turn off the tap between rinses when you brush your teeth - that can save 60 litres per day per household

Washing one full load in your washing machine instead of two half-loads saves 10 litres

Switch to a meter and only pay for what you use: you could save up to £100 on your annual bill

Fit a washer to your leaky tap and save up to three litres per day

A water displacement device in your toilet saves 1-2 litres each time you flush

Washing your fruit and vegetables in a bowl - a running tap uses 15 litres per minute

Fill your bath only two thirds full and save nearly 30 litres

Shower for 60 seconds less - a typical shower can use up to 15 litres per minute

Put your dishwasher on only when it’s full - it uses about 15 litres of water per wash

Report leaks on Anglian Water’s 24-hour hotline: 0800 771881

…AND OUTSIDE

Use a watering can and water later in the day to avoid evaporation

Get a waterbutt to collect rain water from your roof and downp Use a bucket and sponge to wash the car

Recycle kitchen water in your garden

Cover soil with pebbles, gravel or chipped bark to keep moisture ipe in (and weeds out)

More information from www.anglianwater.co.uk