Chalk streams are a globally rare habitat, and more than 85% of all the world’s chalk streams are found in England. They’re important habitats for wildlife and support a massive range of plants and animals.
They’re also home to hundreds of wildlife species, including otters, kingfishers, water voles and mayflies. They have a fascinating history – our own equivalent of coral reefs or rainforest – and if we don’t protect these national treasures, they won’t be around forever.
Because England’s chalk streams are not only beautiful and crystal clear, they also supply nearly half your household’s water.
Many people don’t realise that the water delivered in to people’s homes in Affinity Water’s supply area is from water that is abstracted from the local environment, impacting our local waterscapes. If more water is used than falls as rain, the groundwater balance becomes depleted, which directly effects the flow of water down chalk streams and local rivers.
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An immediate step you can take to waste less water, spend less money and save your local streams is to sign up and claim free water saving gadgets at SaveOurStreams.co.uk.
By taking a quick five-minute survey you can find out your household usage, plus order devices to help you reduce it and book a home water efficiency check to ensure you aren’t wasting water with leaky loos and taps – none of which will cost you a penny.
That’s why Affinity Water is campaigning to protect these streams, by reducing leaks and ending unsustainable abstraction, and by encouraging and supporting you to help too.
There are a few small steps you can take at home that will help save a lot of water with very little effort.
Getting into good habits like reducing your shower time by 30 seconds, turning off the tap while you brush your teeth, using the eco cycle on your dishwasher or washing machine and use one button instead of both to flush the toilet will all make big accumulative differences without you even noticing the difference.
And ditching the bath for a shower and using a watering can instead of a hose to water the plants will help you waste far less water.
You can also take a quick five-minute survey to find out your household usage, order free devices and home water efficiency checks to make sure water isn’t escaping through leaks (with video calls also available).