Rainwater harvesting

Fri, Jul 6, 2012

Water, rainwater harvesting

The average Briton now uses 150 litres of water every day. That’s almost double what we used in the 1960s. But only a third of households in UK currently have water meters. That makes us almost unique in Europe and some experts say it’ll have to change.

Nicci Russell of environmental pressure group Waterwise thinks that the answer is for every household to have a water meter.

“The idea that we would go into a petrol station and say ‘right, I am going to pay you a monthly amount and I am just going to take as much as I want whenever I want’ is crazy to most of us.”

With the UK’s population is set to rise by five million over the next 10 years,  there is no escaping the fact that water resources are bound to come under more strain, which is why some households are turning to storing water in large underground rainwater harvesting tanks.


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