West Sussex County Council cuts to water bills helps charity

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A NEW saving scheme has cut West Sussex County Council’s water bill by 45 per cent and reduced its water use by 31 per cent.

Last year the county council joined the AquaFund shared water-saving scheme – a commercial enterprise which gave the council a 100 per cent grant to cover the cost of water saving measures.

In return, the county council received half of the savings made, while the other half went to AquaFund to be reinvested in other projects.

After a five-year contract period, all ongoing savings will go to the county council.

Councillor Michael Brown, cabinet member for finance, said: ‘I am delighted that we have made such large savings in the first year of operation.

‘This scheme is good because AquaFund donates one per cent of all its revenue directly to the charity Water Aid, which improves access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities, meaning that we are helping charity while also saving water.’

For more information on saving water contact Nicola Winser on 0330 2222784 or email nicola.winser@westsussex.gov.uk.