Council takes lead on reducing water use

RUGBY Borough Council has responded to Severn Trent Water's call for customers to think about ways to reduce their demand for water by cutting back on watering its floral displays.

Severn Trent, the water utility that supplies Rugby, has issued a call for customers to reduce demand after the amount of water being used peaked due to the hot weather.

And, while there is still plenty of water available, Rugby Borough Council has decided to do its part.

From this week, and until demand for water in the Rugby area reduces, the council's parks team will stop using sprinklers or automatic hose pipes to water baskets, containers or planted areas. Instead they will be watered by hand, ensuring that no water is wasted and reducing the amount of water used.

And in a further step designed to help Severn Trent manage the water network, the team will avoid drawing any water during the peak morning and evening periods.

To prevent costly damage and to fulfil bookings, the park bowling green will continue to be watered.
 
The measures will be reviewed should Severn Trent issue any further guidance or impose a hose pipe ban, or should demand for water reduce.

Cllr Michael Stokes, leader of Rugby Borough Council, said:

Having volunteered with Severn Trent over the weekend at one of their water pick-up points, it is clear that the problem of excessive demand is real and is one that we must respond to unselfishly.

"We can all take simple steps to reduce the amount of water we use, and it is important that the council leads by example. I hope that residents will also respond by cutting back on the amount of water that they use too."

Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for the environment and public realm, said:

Over the last few years we have reduced the amount of water we use by changing the designs of our displays and by taking other simple steps such as mulching our borders and adding water retention gels to our baskets and containers.

"Using less water on our bedding may set them back this summer, but it is important that we play our part in responding to the current water supply pressures."

For more information on current water supply pressures, for tips on reducing demand, or to report a leak or supply problem visit the Severn Trent website at www.stwater.co.uk.

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