Water conservation drive set to start in Northumberland

A north Northumberland village has been selected as the first place in the north of England 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. In a household with two adults and two children, this is the equivalent of 985 pints of milk per day.

Clair Cooper, demand planning project manager at NW, said: “We’re passionate about helping local communities and saving water.

“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.”

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 can expect to 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.

NW will also provide free products for the garden including a free water butt, trigger hose gun and water-saving gel for compost.