Friday, 4 March 2011
Funding floods in from Thames Water
This week in the Heart of the Park office the hot topic of discussion is water saving after Thames Water has generously agreed to make a vital contribution towards the project. The £75,000 grant will help fund the installation of the Archimedes Screw hydroelectric turbine in the river Wandle.
The Thames Water funding comes from their Ten for Ten programme which aims to fund educational and awareness raising programmes relating to water efficiency, biodiversity and conservation. As part of our new partnership with Thames Water, the new Heart of the Park centre will include a permanent exhibit on water saving measures to save money and energy. In the meantime Thames Water’s website includes some handy tips to help you become more ‘water wise’.
Water is a resource we often take for granted, but it is actually becoming increasingly precious due to climate change and the increasing demand for water in dishwashers, washing machines and other water hungry appliances like power showers. In fact, according to Thames Water, people in the Thames region use 20 litres more per day than they did in the 1980s, that’s an extra 140 litres a week.
So, to try to become more ‘water wise’ we have ordered our Thames Water shower timers and are keeping clean whilst taking up the 4 minute shower challenge.