Customers within the northern area of Mid-Suffolk have been given the chance to secure the cash boost to help improve their local community. The more that they pull together to reduce the overall amount of water needed in the area, the more funding Essex & Suffolk Water will make available.
The incentive, which is running between now and until the end of August, is part of a scheme developed by Essex & Suffolk Water, and is targeting this part of the region as it is one of the driest communities in its operating area.
Over the past decade, changes in weather have led to longer spells of dry weather, causing even higher levels of water scarcity in the East of England.
The water company is urging everyone in this area to work together to use water wisely, check and report leaks at home and further afield, and consider having a water meter fitted so that the funding can be delivered to community projects of their choice.
Stef Chester, Customer Engagement Manager at Essex & Suffolk Water, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our customers in this region to gain funding for several community-based projects of their choice and I’d encourage everyone to nominate a project on our website and find more information about how to get involved.
“In order to make this work, everyone needs to pull together to make an impact and get to the water-saving target and ultimately be awarded the money.
“Although this is an incentive scheme, it is not just about the funding – we all need to change our habits in order to help protect our local environment for future generations.
“Suffolk is one of the driest regions in England, and as we look ahead to summer, we need to do all we can to conserve resources to keep the water flowing for everyone.”
The scheme is running for a year and started in August 2021. A measurement of water usage will be taken at the end of the scheme and will be compared to the previous year to determine if the usage in the area has decreased.
As part of the scheme, the water company will be doing a number of different things within the community - including water-saving visits and free leaky loo repairs.
They have also issued advice on how to save water.
Essex & Suffolk Water’s top water-saving tips include:
For more information on this scheme, or to nominate a project for funding, visit – www.eswater.co.uk/watersworthsavingsuffolk