Community charity Groundwork Luton and Bedfordshire is working with Affinity Water on Luton Water Wardens, a new project to help Luton residents to save water, leading to savings in energy and money.
The Southeast of England has some of the highest water users in the UK, at around 160 litres of water per person per day. Since July 2016 there has been low rainfall and the water in aquifers (natural underground water reservoirs) and rivers that is used to supply water locally has dropped below average. The rainfall in May and June benefited the environment and helped reduce the demand for water but this was limited compared to the low rainfall over the last 10 months. Also, usually aquifers only fill up from rainfall during autumn and winter when there is less plant growth and evaporation.
Groundwork is looking to recruit 20 volunteers to become Water Wardens and will provide full training and support. The wardens will be responsible for motivating their local community to take action to reduce water use, they will learn how to engage and inspire others and they'll meet other people in their area.