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Cambridge Water is teaming up with other water companies across the UK to ask customers to reduce their water consumption.

The announcement has been made ahead of what experts predict could be a drought to rival 1976 and follows a drought summit hosted by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman on Monday (20 February 2012).

Rainfall in Cambridge and East Anglia has been exceptionally low over the last two years and the area is in the middle of a drought.

At this stage Cambridge Water has no plans to introduce water restrictions.

Managing Director, Stephen Kay, said: “Over the past few years we have stepped up our efforts to conserve water in preparation for this exact situation.

“Specifically we have:

 

·         Reduced our leakage. Figures for January 2012 show a 20% improvement on the same month in 2011

·         Renewed 12km of our water mains - which equates to a 20% increase on the previous year

·         Encouraged 65% of our customers to voluntarily switch to a meter

·         Met our water efficiency target for 2011/12

·         Commenced recommissioning of a pumping station to increase water availability

“However, we are not being complacent. The more we can do now to conserve our water supply, the greater the chance we have of avoiding potential water restrictions.

“Ensuring we have enough water to sustain our population now and in the future is one of our key priorities.

“This is why we are asking our customers for their support now.”

Approximately a third of the water used in the home could be reduced.

Simple ways to save water include:

·         Making sure all leaks are reported to Cambridge Water

·         Getting a free water meter fitted to help keep track of water consumption

·         Installing free water efficiency devices available at http://www.cambridge-water.co.uk/customers/water-saving-products

·         Replacing old household appliances and sanitary-ware with more water efficient appliances. 

For more ideas on how to help save water visit www.cambridge-water.co.uk/drought

 

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