Partnership announced to improve water efficiency in Southampton
Southampton City Council and Southern Water have announced they are working together to improve water efficiency in the city. The partnership aims to promote effective and simple ways to reduce water consumption and encourage customers from across the region to review their individual water use. Southern Water is part of the water industry Target 100 and are encouraging customers to use less than 100 litres of water a day.
As part of the council’s Green City Plan, water management is a key theme with several actions detailed to prevent wastage and provide support to residents and businesses in the city to reduce demand on water supplies in the region. Demand for water has increased by over 70% in the last 20 years, our local water supplies are facing challenges that must be eased to protect supplies in the future. Every drop of water used not only costs the environment, but it also increases your water bill.
The council has set many ambitious goals to tackle climate change and create a cleaner, greener healthier and more sustainable city. Every visitor, resident, employee and business in the city has an impact on the local environment. The council’s Green City commitments include becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030, improving air quality and enhancing the natural environment. Working in partnership with key stakeholders allows a shared set of principles to be adopted across the city to ensure the environment is at the forefront of decision making.
Councillor Steve Leggett, Cabinet Member for Green City and Place, added: “We are delighted to be working with Southern Water as part of our Green City commitments. We are all being encouraged to consider our impact on the environment and to make simple changes to our lives, reducing the amount of water we use on a daily basis must be considered as one of the priority areas to review. Over the coming months, we are going to provide tips on how we can all reduce water usage and subsequently help us to save money. We need everyone in Southampton to consider water consumption in their efforts to be greener.”
Southern Water’s Water for Life-Hampshire is your opportunity to provide your views on plans to transform the way the company sources, treats and supplies water across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight over the next decade. The consultation is open until 23 March 2021.
Toby Willison, Director of Environment and Corporate Affairs at Southern Water: “The twin pressures of climate change and population growth are already creating huge challenges for our water scarce region. The need to protect the globally important habitats of the Test and Itchen chalk rivers only further strengthens our resolve that we should all treat water as a precious and valuable resource.”
Ian McAulay, Chief Executive Officer at Southern Water: “Southern Water has set itself and its customers a big, green challenge with our ambitious Target 100 programme which aims to help reduce average consumption to 100 litres a day per person by 2040.
“By working closely with influential partners such as Southampton City Council we can achieve our goal of creating a resilient water future for the region. Southampton’s work to create a greener sustainable future for the city will be welcomed by everyone who cares about the environment.”