Council pulls the plug on wasted water

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Nottinghamshire County Council is pulling the plug on wasted water at its buildings and has already saved taxpayers more than £300,000 in the process.

Over the last 18 months a variety of new measures have been introduced by the council to save water, get leaks fixed and chase rebates for inaccurate bills at council buildings throughout the county.

The council uses over 715,000 m3 of water every year - which is the equivalent of nearly 300 Olympic-size swimming pools and enough to meet the annual needs of around 7,000 average UK households.

The supply and treatment of water costs the council around £660,000 per year, and Nottinghamshire schools a further £1m per year.

By the end of July 2012, the project has already delivered the council savings of £315,488 - including £72,205 at school buildings and £243,283 at non-school buildings.