Hastings homes saving half a million litres of water a day

Southern Water's new meters. Picture by Nigel Bowles
Southern Water's new meters. Picture by Nigel Bowles

Households in Hastings are saving almost 500,000 litres a day, according to a water company.

Southern Water has installed nearly 450,000 new water meters across Sussex, Kent and Hampshire over the last five years and said the newly-fitted homes in Hastings were helping to save enough water to fill 6,000 baths.

The firm said its metering programme, launched in 2010, has led to a saving of 27 million litres of water a day across the region, enough to meet the daily water needs of towns the size of Worthing and Hastings combined.

Richard Price, Southern Water’s director of engineering and construction, said: “It’s very much a triumph for our customers, many of whom have changed the way they use water to make huge savings.

“This might be something as simple as turning off the tap when brushing your teeth, using a water butt instead of a hosepipe or not switching on the dishwasher until it has a full load.

“Adopting these and many other water efficiency measures today will help us to ensure that there will be water available when we turn the tap on in the future.

“Indeed, our customers have worked hard to reduce their consumption by 16.5 per cent, against a national average of 10 per cent when having a water meter installed. With nearly 90 per cent of all households now metered, our customers must be among the most water efficient in the country.”

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