Water will be firmly in the spotlight in Wooler after the town was chosen as the focus for a major water conservation campaign.
Northumbrian Water (NW) has pledged to help hundreds of homes and local businesses in Wooler and Glendale to save water and slash their energy bills as part of a three-month water efficiency drive.
The average person in the region uses around 140 litres of water a day but on a warm sunny day it can be as much as 170 litres - the equivalent of 985 pints of milk per day.
Clair Cooper, demand planning project manager at NW, said: “We know that our customers are always looking for new ways to save money and we’re committed to helping them make every drop, and every penny, count.
“We want to trial a water conservation campaign on a small town and Wooler was the perfect choice because there’s a real sense of community. With help from local people, the Cheviot Centre, the youth hostel and local businesses such as cafes, holiday cottages and hotels, we’re confident we can have a long lasting impact and help protect this precious resource to maintain a supply of top quality tap water in the area.”
The water company is offering free audits to its bill paying customers, and even spring fed properties with private supplies, to assess their water usage. Residents will receive an information pack throughout June and July asking them to take part.
Following the audit, NW can offer to install a range of free water efficiency products including aerated shower heads, tap inserts and dual flush devices for toilets. The company will also provide free products for the garden including a water butt, trigger hose gun and water saving gel for compost.
Educating future generations about water use is a key priority for the campaign, and NW’s street team will tour several events this summer, starting with the annual Glendale Agricultural Society’s Children’s Countryside Day next Thursday (June 5).
Melissa Swartz of the Environment Agency, said: “We’re delighted to support NW’s water efficiency campaign in Wooler and Glendale. Helping their customers save water will not only save customers money, it will also reduce pressure on the groundwater environment where the water comes from, supporting sustainable water supplies.”