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31 March 21

Affinity water tells its customers Save Water use a water butt and offers a discount

As the weather warms up and people begin to tend their gardens again Affinity Water is offering its customers a discount on installing a water butt to encourage them to #savewater.

Hoses and sprinklers can use up to 1,000 litres of water an hour which is equivalent to more than 12 baths and by offering “incentives” Affinity Water hopes to reach out to its 3.6 million customers to make them aware that if they save water they will also be saving local water resources including the globally rare chalk streams in its area.

Steve Johnston, Affinity Water’s Home Water Saving Manager explained: “Why waste the equivalent of 12 baths of water on your garden per hour of sprinkler used when you can use your water more efficiently all year round by installing a water butt? Even just sprinkling for fifteen minutes will use 4 baths full of water. A water butt is a great way to collect rainwater to water your garden and plants love it. Affinity Water has teamed up with its partner to offer a price discount on three sizes of water butt 100 litres, 200 and 227. We know that as a result of three national Covid-19 lockdowns more people are valuing their local environment because they are walking regularly by their rivers and streams so we think that the demand for water butts will rocket as people now realise that by saving water they are also saving our streams. Affinity Water is committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of our water resources and to help protect the environment. We have around 10 per cent of the World’s precious chalk streams in our area, they are as rare as the Bengali tiger, and by using a water butt customers really will be helping to save our streams. There are a host of other water saving tips on our website too so we are asking all our gardeners to log in to ensure they are doing all they can to save water.”

Top tips to save water throughout spring and summer:

  • Choose plants that will thrive in dry conditions. These include: Alyssum, Geraniums, cornflowers French and African Marigolds, Petunias, Aquilegia, Campanula and Heuchera lavender. Look for the full sun symbol on the plant labels when buying new plants as this indicates their tolerance to dry conditions.
  • Mulch garden beds with wood chip or bark, this will help keep water in the soil and stop weeds from growing.
  • When potting up your planters use a small amount of gel crystals. They absorb water and can help retain the moisture in the soil.
  • When you are watering, try use a watering can filled from a water-butt.
  • Water your pots and hanging baskets early in the morning to reduce evaporation in the midday sun.
  • Move containers, hanging baskets and pots into shady areas where possible.
  • You can also collect grey water from the bath or shower to water your plants.

You can find out more about saving water and getting a water-butt.

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