Communities across Sussex, Kent and Hampshire could have saved enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool thanks to Southern Water’s Water Butt Campaign.
Over 100 water butts have been awarded to community groups around the South East saving about 25,000 litres of water.
Georgian Gardens Community Primary School in Rustington was the 100th community organisation to be awarded a free water butt as part of the company’s campaign to give away butts to local community groups across the South East who can put them to good use to help save water as part of conservation projects.
The Rustington school have a dedicated ‘Green Team’, where pupils and teachers meet every half-term to discuss any gardening activities – including their head teacher, Mr Molloy.
Deirdre Carolin, teacher at Georgian Gardens and applicant, said: “It’s great to see Southern Water helping out the local community by providing them with free water butts to help save water. We run community gardening days to encourage ‘growing together’. These days demonstrate irrigation, mulching and sustainable planting, so the water butt will definitely come in handy.”
The campaign, which was launched in November 2011, coincides with Southern Water’s Metering Programme where Southern Water is installing 500,000 water meters across Sussex, Kent and Hampshire to help secure water resources for the future.
Eco-Faith and the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust (WWT) Arundel Wetland Centre have also supported Southern Water with the campaign by encouraging communities to collect rainwater for watering in public gardens and green spaces to help the environment. This means that less water needs to be taken from rivers and the environment for drinking water supplies.
Darren Bentham, Director of Southern Water’s Metering Programme, said: “We are currently installing water meters for our customers across the South East to help secure water resources for the future, and want to support the communities in which we are working to save water, energy and money, while also helping protect the environment for future generations.”
To apply for a water butt, Southern Water is asking groups to let them know about conservation work they have done, or have planned, for their community and how their work would be enhanced by having a free water butt to save water. To apply, visit www.yourwatermeter.co.uk/waterbutt.
Successful applicants from Sussex will also receive a free family ticket to the Arundel Wetlands Centre (worth more than £27) to learn more about water for wildlife.
To find out more about Southern Water’s metering programme, please visit www.southernwater.co.uk/metering or call the dedicated Metering Customer Call Centre on 0333 2003 012