Many if us have enjoyed the tranquility of a chalk stream on a country walk, or even splashed through them on a warm day. But have you ever stopped to think about where that beautifully clear water goes?
These streams, which are home to hundreds of wildlife species, including kingfishers and water voles, also contribute to the water coming out of our taps.
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.
There are only 200 chalk streams in the world – 85 per cent of them are in England, and 24 are in Affinity Water’s supply area – but worryingly, this area uses more water than any other region in the country.
If we don’t protect these national treasures, they won’t be around forever.
That’s why Affinity Water have launched the Save Our streams campaign, to help people understand where the water comes from, and how they can waste less and help protect our local environment.
And some of the steps are so small, you won’t even notice them, but every little thing we do goes some way to making a difference.
Plus, if you’re on a meter, using less water means spending less money.
Affinity Water has loads of practical tips and great ideas, so visit saveourstreams.co.uk, pop your postcode in and find out today how you can help save our streams for tomorrow.