World Water Day 2022: Our Partnership with Anglian Water

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World Water Day: 22nd March 2022

#WorldWaterDay has been celebrated by the United Nations since 1993. The day raises awareness of the estimated 2 billion people who live across the globe without access to clean and safe water. Not only this, World Water Day opens up discussion towards sustainable water saving and preservation methods that we can all contribute to.

António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, in his message for World Water Day 2022 said:

“Water can be a source of conflict but also of cooperation. It is essential that we work together to provide better stewardship of all water sources, including the world’s supply of groundwater. We need to improve our exploration, monitoring and analysis of groundwater resources to protect and better manage them and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”

If you're resading this, you might be thinking - but how does World Water Day affect people like me who live in Norfolk? The day is also all about exploring ways to conserve and protect our water sources. Community Action Norfolk have worked closely with Anglian Water in an annually recurring campaign to help you, your workplaces, organisations, and homes be more conscious of water usage and save resources and money in Norfolk.

Water usage is often overlooked when thinking about energy saving, it is commonly thought of as an infinite resource and disregarded when compared to gas, electricity, and power. However, small water leaks in your household, workplace or community centre can add up and end up costing you a surprising amount. It is also estimated that Norfolk gets 1/3 less rainfall than the rest of the UK – this makes us the driest region in the country!

Anglian Water have already pioneered resources to help you save water around your house, workplace, or community centre. Their leakage detection devices have already helped to save nearly 350,000 litres of water every day. Here are a few ideas as the weather begins to warm up:

  • Collecting your rainwater to maintain your community garden. Some plants even will only drink rainwater!
  • Filling a jug of water and keeping it in the fridge (rather than running the tap multiple times!).
  • Only fill up your dishwasher or washing machine when it is full.

We have incorporated water saving techniques, advice, and resources into our popular Big Energy Saving Talks. These free talks are hosted by Steve Nunn from CAN and regularly run each month. The latest run of sessions were extremely popular, with up to 86 people attending throughout the month of February! You can get more information by emailing our office team at office@communityactionnnorfolk.org.uk

We are thrilled to have been able to work with Anglian Water in 2021-2022 and we hope this partnership will continue in the future. For more information on water saving campaigns from Anglian Water, and for any water saving devices, resources, or support please visit the Anglian Water website here.