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Gravesend homes saving more than a million litres of water a day

PUBLISHED: 12:29 08 December 2015 | UPDATED: 12:55 08 December 2015

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The saving has been attributed to meters set up by Southern Water

A unique water-saving programme has led to Gravesend saving more than 1million litres of water a day.

Southern Water’s five-year programme to install meters across Kent was first launched in 2010.

The introduction has seen a saving of 27million litres of water a day.

In Gravesend, metered homes are making a saving on 1.4million litres of water a day, enough to fill more than 17,000 baths.

Nearly 90 per cent of households are now metered.

The introduction of meters has seen an average drop in water bills of £162 a year for 62 per cent of households, and a reduction in energy bills, with heating water making up 30 per cent of the average household’s energy bill.

Southern Water’s director of engineering and construction, Richard Price 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 he dishwasher until it has a full load.

“Adopting these and many other water efficiency measures today will help us to ensure 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.”

Gravesham cabinet member for planning and the environment, Julia Burgoyne, said: “It’s brilliant news that we’re saving water, it’s great for the environment and for economic reasons.

“It is good as water is in short supply, with increasing populations in the area it is fantastic news.”

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