£350,000 to be saved on water usage as North Lincolnshire Council pledges to go with the flow
North Lincolnshire Council could save around £350,000 over the next four years by being the first authority to reduce its water use in council buildings by 2016.
The council is leading the way in the Yorkshire and Humber region by signing a pledge that will also see it reduce its carbon footprint by around 25 tonnes each year.
Councillor Liz Redfern, leader of the council, and Bob Wilson from Anglian Water Business, jointly signed the pledge.
The council currently spends £500,000 a year on water and waste water bills, which includes the cost to heat water.
Now the council is aiming to cut this – although how it will do it has yet to be revealed.
Mrs Redfern said: "Signing up to the pledge is a significant step forward and demonstrates our commitment to cutting our water use by 20 per cent over the next four years.
"There is a lot of work to be done, but I am confident that we can achieve these savings.
"It is not only good for the purse, but the environment too.
"By working with Anglian Water, we can draw up an action plan that will help us produce results that will make a real difference.
"We want to set an example in the Yorkshire and Humber region and it is only right and proper that we get our own house in order, before we can expect others to do the same."
By signing the pledge, the council is committed to supporting responsible water use throughout North Lincolnshire.
The aim is to reduce the council's water use by eliminating waste and working more efficiently, saving taxpayers money by consuming less water, while maintaining excellent services to communities and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Once the council has signed the pledge, the real work begins in identifying ways the council can reduce its water use and associated energy costs.
The pledge has been drawn up with Anglian Water Business, launched in November 2011 to support the water company's business customers.
It aims to help firms and local councils conserve water, drive down energy and water costs and reduce costly carbon emissions.
Bob Wilson, director of Anglian Water Business, said: "We are pleased to be working with North Lincolnshire Council.
"The signing of this promise is a real milestone on the road to a more water conscious, water efficient economy in our region.
"By becoming the first local council in the Yorkshire and Humber region to take this step, North Lincolnshire is showing the way for others and we will be supporting them every step of the way."