Take a shower instead of a bath - it’s World Water Day

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World Water Day will be marked in Bedford with an information point to help residents use it wisely.

The worldwide campaign is organised by the United Nations which aims to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and this year’s theme is water and energy.

Bedford Borough Council will once again be supporting the day, by holding an information stand in the Howard Centre on Friday, March 21 between 9am and 3pm.

Mayor Dave Hodgson, said: “World Water Day is a worldwide campaign to highlight the importance of clean water.

“This year’s World Water Day theme is water and energy. Saving water saves energy because energy is required to pump and treat water, before and after use.

“Water is also required to produce nearly all forms of energy. Therefore, saving energy can also help to save water.

“Our staff will be on hand with tips and advice to help local residents, so why not come down to meet the team? You could save yourself money and help to protect the environment. “

According to Anglian Water, around 25% of a household’s energy bill is heating the water used for showers, washing clothes and dishes.

AW offers the following tips to save water, energy and money:

Have a shower instead of a bath. A standard 5 minute shower uses less water than a bath.

Wait until you have a full load before using the washing machine or dishwasher.

Fix dripping taps. A dripping hot or cold tap can lose up to 4 litres of water a day.

When washing up, using a bowl instead of washing dishes under a running hot tap.

Bedford Borough Council’s Sustainability Team’s World Water Day stand will be located in the Howard Centre (outside TK Maxx). You can also visit: www.bedford.gov.uk/sustainability to view the tips on the Water Conservation webpage.

To find out more about the World Water Day campaign, visit the website: www.unwater.org/worldwaterday.