EVERY DROP COUNTS FOR WITHAM

The Mayor of Witham Councillor JoAnn Williams has officially launch the Every Drop Counts initiative by unveiling a special work of art tomorrow (Friday 16 June).

More than 15,000 customers of Essex & Suffolk Water in Witham, Essex, are receiving a letter from their drinking water supplier asking if they would like an audit of their showers, taps and toilets.

The sculpture of a water drop shows the amount of water used by two people if they do not turn the tap off whilst brushing their teeth over a year, as this can waste up to six litres of water each time.

The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP for Witham said: “Essex & Suffolk Water’s Every Drop Counts campaign in Witham offers local residents a great chance to lower their household bills through saving water. We are very lucky in the UK that water is readily available and is it important to remember that this is not the case across the world.

“Water is a precious and finite resource and that we should all work together to use it wisely. This is especially important in Essex which is the driest county in the country. I encourage all local residents to get involved and take up the offer of a free home visit by a qualified plumber as this is a great opportunity to save water and money,” she said.

John Devall, Water Director for Essex & Suffolk Water said: “We are absolutely passionate about working with our customers to use water wisely. We are really proud of our long history of engaging with hundreds of thousands of our customers to help them save water, which is great for them in both helping save money on their utility bills and in protecting our environment. Our Every Drop Counts campaign is a fantastic way for customers to help ensure that our precious water resources are used as wisely as possible.

“Essex & Suffolk Water has found home visits and the fitting of devices to our customers’ taps, toilets and showers to be one of the most effective ways to help customers save this finite resource and our award-winning scheme will help customers in Witham reduce their bills as well,” he said.

“We hope as many of our customers as possible will take part in Every Drop Counts to help them save water and save money on their utility bills,” added John.

Nicci Russell, Managing Director of Waterwise attended the launch event and she said: “It's really important that we all use water wisely, every day, everywhere, to make the water we have go as far as we can - for people, the economy and the environment. Community projects like Essex & Suffolk Water’s Every Drop Counts, here in Witham - in one of the driest parts of the UK - play a really important role in saving water. I’m delighted to support this award-winning scheme and look forward to everyone in Witham getting behind it. We all have a role to play!'

Approved qualified plumbers will call at homes by appointment in Witham and carry out a water efficiency survey of the property.

The Every Drop Counts campaign won a Water Industry Achievement Award in May 2017 for being an innovative water efficiency programme.

They will be able to fit a range of water saving devices, including products such as water butts, aerated shower heads and dual flush devices for toilets, free-of-charge to customers’ homes.

If you live in the Witham area and would like to take advantage of this offer please visit our website: https://www.eswater.co.uk/everydropcounts/.

The art sculpture of a water droplet will be on display in Witham Town Centre on 16, 17 and 18 June 2017 for the public to view it.

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