Water conservation project wins sustainability award

Hayden Shepherd and Yasmin Ducke from Wooler First School.
Hayden Shepherd and Yasmin Ducke from Wooler First School.

A two-year project in north Northumberland which has helped residents save water, energy and money has scooped a top award.

Northumbrian Water’s Every Drop Counts water-conservation campaign has seen families in Wooler and Berwick make savings on their water and energy bills.

Initially delivered in Wooler in 2014, before moving into Berwick this year, Every Drop Counts was the water company’s first whole-town approach to saving water.

Since then, more than 1,700 customers across the two towns have taken part, saving on average 44 litres of water per day and £36 off their annual metered water bill. Savings have also been made on energy bills by reducing the amount of hot water used.

The project, which has been supported by Glendale Gateway Trust, Berwick Community Trust, the Environment Agency and Crowder Consulting, involved free audits being offered to homes and businesses in the area to assess their water usage.

Following the audit, a range of water-saving devices were installed, including aerated shower heads, tap inserts and dual flush devices.

The retrofit project was recognised at the Sustainable Water Industry Group (SWIG) Awards 2015 as an ‘inspirational and transformational initiative that encourages sustainable water use’.

Clair Cooper, demand planning project manager at Northumbrian Water, said: “We introduced Every Drop Counts as a way of helping our customers to not only save water, but energy and money as well.

“We’ve worked closely with local residents throughout the campaign, employing members of the community to help us deliver the project and we’re delighted with the results. We’re already seeing fantastic water and money savings, and this award is the icing on the cake of the success of Every Drop Counts.”

Project officer Derek Russell, from Berwick Community Trust, said: “We are very pleased to have been part of the Every Drop Counts campaign.

“In particular, Berwick Community Trust is very appreciative of the efforts of the local campaign workers who made the project so successful in Berwick and the politeness and receptiveness of residents who made the project a pleasure to work on.”