Pupils from Comberton request help from Hippos


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Pupils from Comberton Village College have requested the help of more than 800 Hippos to help them get water-wise this summer.

The eco-friendly students will be using the cistern displacement devices to help them save water every time they flush the toilet. With each Hippo saving up to two litres per flush the bulk order could save an amazing seven million litres a year, which is equivalent to 28 Olympic-sized swimming pools.*

The Hippos have been supplied to the school by Cambridge Water which gives the devices away to households on request as part of its water efficiency strategy.

Kim Allen, who runs the school’s RECO environmental group, said: “With the help of information provided by Cambridge Water the group was able to give a presentation to the school’s assembly about why it is important to be water-wise as part of a week of water saving activities. At the end we asked students to consider whether they would benefit from installing a Hippo in their home.

“The response rate was amazing. More than 670 students requested a Hippo together with 56 members of staff. The remaining devices are to be put in some of the school’s 90 toilets. To think we could save the equivalent of 28 Olympic-sized swimming pools just by doing something as simple as installing a Hippo should be an inspiration for everyone to be more water efficient.”

The school organised the water week as part of its bid to become an Eco-School. The Eco-Schools programme was set up in 2006 to help all schools become more sustainable. As well as using the Hippos, the school is also undertaking a survey of all its water fixtures and fittings and put up signs encouraging people to ‘Turn off the tap’ and not waste water. It has also donated £250 to WaterAid, a charity which aims to overcome poverty by enabling the world's poorest people gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.

Mrs Allen added: “As well as being water efficient the school is also looking at other ways it can become greener, such as saving electricity, increasing recycling and reducing litter. All being well this will help us achieve our first of seven green flags offered under the initiative.”

Annalise Lister, who runs the water efficiency programme for Cambridge Water said: “We are really pleased the school has taken the issue of water efficiency on board and made such a tremendous effort to conserve water.”


 For further information and ideas visit www.cambridge-water.co.uk where you will be able to order free Hippos, Hogs and E.ON shower restrictors; visit an online water efficiency shop; complete a water calculator and find out more ways to save water. The site also has a dedicated water efficiency section for businesses and other organisations.


 * Based on Ofwat’s calculation that each device saves two litres and the average person flushes the toilet five times a day (10 litres). The average occupancy rate for Cambridge is 2.4 so each Hippo saves 24 litres per day or 8760 litres a year. This is multiplied by 800 to give seven million litres (7,008,000). An Olympic sized pool holds 250,000 litres.  


Picture caption: Kim Allen is pictured centre with Harry Warner from Year Seven and Kartik Vira from Year Eight.

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