Top tips for saving water

Lavender in parks

Planting lavender in parks saves on water

You may have heard already that a temporary use (or hosepipe) ban will come into effect from Thursday 5 April.

We have some top tips to help you save water during the drought period.

  • Check for leaks or fix any dripping taps as water leaks will waste water.
  • Turn off the tap when you clean yout teeth. You can waste up to 9 litres a minute by letting the water pour down the sink.
  • Take a short shower rather than a bath or just half fill the bath.
  • Don’t overfill the kettle.
  •  Use the washine machine and dishwasher when you have a full load.
  •   Keep cool water in the fridge to avoid running the cold tap too much.
  •  Fit a dual flush or water saving device to toilet cisterns.

And in the garden why not buy a water butt?  Harvesting rainwater is an easy way to keep your garden blooming!

Available in two sizes, water butts are suitable for both small and larger gardens. They are easy to fit and use and prices start at £28.95, with free delivery. You could also team up with a neighbour or friend to make the most of the current buy one get one half price offer.

To find out more visit www.lambeth.getcomposting.com or call 0844 571 4444.

Residents are also being asked to lend a hand to the borough’s trees by giving them a watering.

The council regularly inspects and waters young trees, but local people can help too by looking out for young or newly planted trees in their neighbourhood and watering them.

Iain Boulton, Lambeth’s parks project officer, gives this advice:

“In most cases, new trees have watering tubes fitted near the bottom of the trunk which makes giving them an extra drink easier, but there’s nothing wrong with carefully pouring water onto the ground next to the tree if it doesn’t have a watering tube – make a small depression in the ground first to help retain water next to the tree before pouring.

“Any water will do, including washing or bath water, so long as it’s not too soapy or contains harmful chemicals; water from a roof collected in a water butt is ideal. Trees don’t like being overwatered, so only do it when it looks necessary, for example the tree leaves are wilting or the ground is dry.”

In our parks and green spaces we’ve been checking and repairing as many leaks as possible so water is going where it’s needed. We’ve also planted shrubs, trees and bedding schemes that tolerate dry conditions, such as lavender, rosemary, spurge, sea holly and teasel. We also recycle water in fountains, paddling pools and collect rainwater from building roofs. We will do everything possible to keep paddling pools or wet play facilities open.

For a full list of restrictions and more advice on how to cut down on your water usage, visit www.thameswater.co.uk/drought



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