Green doctors water-wise tips


An inspiring water-saving initiative, which will help residents across the south to save thousands of litres of water each year, is being championed by Southern Water and has helped the firm scoop a national award from the Environment Agency.

Since 2010 Green Doctors from Groundwork have visited 166,000 homes across the Southern Water area in Sussex, Kent and Hampshire, installing water-saving devices and providing advice which on average save each home 112 litres of water a day.

Fighting off tough competition to win the Chairman’s Award, the win focused on the partnership between Southern Water and the work of the Green Doctors from an environmental charity, with their work described as ‘inspiring’ at the Environment Agency and Waterwise UK Water Efficiency Awards 2014.

In the last year alone Green Doctors helped save more than 162 million litres of water - the same as 65 Olympic size swimming pools, with the water saving devices installed also saving households money on their energy bills.

Programme Manager James Faires said, “We are thrilled that our work with Southern Water has been acknowledged. The Green Doctors work at a grass-roots level reducing the amount of water and electricity consumed and therefore saving people money on their bills. The Green Doctors help make a difference to residents and I’m extremely proud of our work and the support from Southern Water. Off the back of the successes here we now have Green Doctor projects in parts of Kent too.”

The Environment Agency and Waterwise UK Water Efficiency Awards are the most high profile awards scheme in the UK to recognise the water efficiency achievements of both public and private organisations.

What does a Green Doctor do?

A Green Doctor visits homes free of charge to assess water (and energy) consumption.

The visits look at each home’s usage.

The Green Doctor will offer advice and may install a range of products to help reduce the amount of water and electricity used too, which may include water-saving shower heads or ecobeatas which go into toilet cisterns to reduce the amount of water used on each flush. These two items can save up to 47 litres a day per household.

Groundwork’s Green Doctor project will continue until 2015 with the aim to help 500,000 homes.