Saving Water Challenge
The Saving Water Challenge involves customers thinking about their behaviour in regard to their own water use and how they can reduce the amount of water they use in their homes. Customers are being asked to think carefully about their water use for non-essential activities such as washing cars, watering bedding plants with a hosepipe and ask themselves, how can I avoid doing it?
Taking part in the Saving Water Challenge is easy. Just follow the steps below and take up the challenge.
“Small changes make BIG differences”
During the summer the amount of water we use in gardens can soar by up to 70% of our daily total. There are lots of ways to enjoy a healthy, green garden and protect the environment without using lots of water. The Royal Horticultural Society offer advice on how to garden in the drought. Click here for more details..
In 2007 we established our award winning Drought Tolerant Garden at the entrance to our Head Office in Havant. We have not watered it since yet it continues to provide a colourful display which is appreciated by visitors. See our "Drought Tolerant Garden" section below for more details.
We have also teamed up with the Parks and Leisure Department at Portsmouth City Council to produce our “Being Water Wise in the Garden” leaflet click here to download a copy..
We also have a number of information leaflets (which are available at the click of the button on the left) giving further advice on how to save water in the home and garden.
We have found that many of our customers who change to a water meter use less and they save on their water bills. The installation cost is usually free and don’t forget, if you have a water meter, by saving water you can save money on your sewerage bill too. Use our Water Calculator to see how much you can save.
Even if you do not have a water meter you should see a reduction in your energy bills because you will be heating up less water. By using less water it is a win for the environment and a win for your pocket.
For more information on changing to a meter click here or give our friendly Customer Service Team a call on 023 9249 9666.
We recognise the role we have to save water and reducing leakage is one of our key priorities. We endeavour to repair any leaks that “show” above ground within 3 days. Underground leaks can be more difficult to detect. However, by using the latest technology we are constantly monitoring our network to minimise the water lost through leakage.
We provide a free leakline number for our customers to report leaks, so if you spot a leak please let us know on 0800 434 6104. Alternatively click here to report a leak.
Regional Certificate Of Excellence
The drought tolerant garden, established by Portsmouth Water at its Head Office entrance in 2007 as part of its 150 year anniversary celebrations, has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence in the 2008 South & South East in Bloom Competition.
The plants in the garden, all of which require little or no watering, were chosen to be visually stimulating whilst contributing colour, scent and variation in leaf texture and shape.
Diane Bourne, our Drawing Office Supervisor, who was responsible for co-ordinating the design, says "At first we were rather apprehensive about how successful the garden would be. We only watered the garden in the first month and ever since then it has become really well established. Staff and visitors to the office, as well as passers-by, have complimented us on the display and this award really is the icing on the cake.
Credit must also go to 'Back Gate Gardens' who prepared the design, and our operational staff, led by Ian Davies, who have planted and maintained it. This is the first time we have entered the competition and it is pleasing to win an award at the first attempt."
For further details, please contact Andy Neve, Technical Director, on 023 9249 9888.
Pictured: Diane Bourne and Ian Davies showing certificate in the Drought Garden.