A Scout group has added new water-saving kit to their site and shared tips with their young people and group leaders, thanks to work with water retailer Water Plus to help limit their impact on the environment and protect natural resources for the future.
The 105th Werrington Stoke-on-Trent Scout Group’s ‘Clarke Hall’, which is jointly owned by the 15th Stoke-on-Trent Guide group, has installed flush-savers in the cisterns on toilets in the hall to reduce water use and costs*. They are also adding a water butt to collect rainwater for the flowers and vegetables they’re looking to grow, as part of their site development.
It was all in time for the start of national Water Saving Week 2021, which aims to raise awareness around water efficiency and how even small steps when it comes to water use can make a bigger difference - and lead to savings for organisations and households too.
They are also highlighting how water can be saved by sharing tips and delivering activities around water-saving with around 65 young people in the Scouts, Cubs, Explorers and Guides who use their site, who are 6 to 18-years-old.
Martin Welsh, Chair of the management committee for the 105th Werrington Stoke-on-Trent Scout and the 15th Stoke-on-Trent Guide group, who is also an Assistant Scout Leader, said: “The water-saving kits and information has been great to introduce for our group this year as we encourage the Scouts to get more involved with the natural world around them, whilst working towards their environmental badge.
“Water Plus has been fantastic in the support and information they’ve provided – thanks to them we can reduce our water costs and reduce the impact we have on the environment, while helping our young people across our group to gain more skills and knowledge for the future. We really value the resources we use to help develop young people and we’ll be doing more about protecting these.”
The Scout and Guide group, which already has flush-savers to control water on their urinals at their hall in Werrington, is planning on introducing a sensory garden as part of developing its site and increasing the range of activities they’re delivering for the young people who are part of the group this year.
Martin Welsh, Chair of the management committee
Water Plus has also released a short film of a leaking pipe, at a Scout site this year, to show the effect water loss can have. The Scout site was alerted to the leak.
Laura McNamee, Water-saving Customer Lead at water retailer Water Plus, said: “It’s been great working with the Scouts and their group leaders to highlight how looking at how water is used – and looking after water – not only makes a difference for the environment but also can save money on running costs for organisations – including charities and businesses.
“Increasing water efficiency allows organisations to link to the UN Sustainable Development Goals too - and can lower energy costs where less hot water is used or less is needed. Hot water can cost between two and four times more than cold water once energy costs are included.”
“For Water Saving Week 2021 and beyond, we’re highlighting the below top 5 tips to help organisations, as we know how important it is to keep costs low – particularly now.”
Take a meter reading each month, if it’s safe to access, and make checks on your site/community building regularly – even if it’s closed – to look out for leaks and help manage running costs – it’s worth encouraging people who use your building, or security staff, to report leaks, as well as dripping taps and constantly running urinals or toilets, as these can waste hundreds of litres of water a day.
Turn taps off after use to cut water waste and consider if any water-saving devices could be fitted. Did you know that a running tap uses around 6 litres of water a minute? That’s equal to more than 18 cans of fizzy drink.
Have a water emergency plan for your site/s. Knowing what to do and where you can get water, if it stopped suddenly, is essential to limit the impact on your operation.
It’s worth remembering that a burst pipe on-site can lead to the loss of as much as 1,000 litres an hour, which could cost £26,000 a year, if left unattended. These bursts can also lead to damage and interruptions to supply, so keeping a look-out for leaks at business sites is worth doing.
See further details on how your organisation can be more sustainable and reach green goals here.
Plus, details on support and what to keep in mind while Covid-19 is around are here.
*The manufacturers of the flush-savers say they can save around 1.2 litres of water every flush for toilet cisterns that hold up to 7-8 litres. Information source here.