Can we use less water?

How to reduce our Water Bill

By Mark Carroll

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Can we use less water?' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Can we use less water?' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Can we use less water?' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Can we use less water?' page

Water is our biggest cost.

The allotment service has a deficit of approximately £35,000. Given the continuing Government cuts to the Council's finances, the allotment service is under pressure to reduce this. Ideally we should aim for a point where the allotment service is cost neutral. As long as the service is costing more to run than it receives in revenue there will be pressure to increase allotment rents.

A high proportion of current allotment expenditure (circa £30,000) relates to water usage. Reducing unnecessary water usage is therefore beneficial from a budget perspective, as well as having sustainability benefits for the wider environment and community.

We have put together a little document showing how we can aim to reduce our water bill substantially. From obvious ideas to less well known 'permaculture' ideas like swales and mulching, this little document might help to inspire us to waste less water and use less water. Download it below.

This page was added by Mark Carroll on 09/04/2018.