Transition Town Exmouth offers water-saving advice

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By TheGreenMan | Thursday, September 20, 2012, 16:51

HOW CAN WE keep our water hoses running all year, without fear of bans and drought orders? Transition Town Exmouth may have the answer on tap…

The town's environmental group is holding an evening dedicated to fresh water. The event, at 6.30pm on Thursday 27 September at Bicton EaRTH Centre, aims to show how we can adapt to the impact of climate change on our water supplies and make every drop of water count.

There will be expert advice on hand. Neil Whiter, South West Water's Head of Supply Demand Strategy, will be the evening's keynote speaker.

He'll be presenting "Water Resources and Climate Change", discussing the factors affecting supply and demand in the South West. He'll also look at how we can adapt to climate change, drawing on his own observations of water management in Bangladesh, which he visited in 2010 as part of a WaterAid project.

"The extremes of weather over the last couple of years have given people a taste of what may be to come in the future," says Neil. "It has also emphasized the need for a robust infrastructure that is able to cope with both an increased number of droughts and floods.

"For South West Water customers this was the 16th consecutive year without demand restrictions. Although people in other parts of the country have had hosepipe bans, their suffering was nothing compared to that of people in other countries. In places such as Bangladesh, people are already suffering terribly from the effects of climate change.

"South West Water is a keen supporter of WaterAid, a charity which provides clean water and effective sanitation to some of the world's poorest people, including those in Bangladesh. I will be touching on climate change-related problems in other countries in my talk."

In addition there will be information on water harvesting – an initiative supported by the Bicton EaRTH Centre – plus leaflets and material from Transition Town Exmouth. Refreshments will also be available.

Ideal chance

"This is an ideal chance to learn about water and how we can make the most of it in the 21st century," says event organizer Derek Smithers. "Neil Whiter will help us learn how to make every drop of water count, and turn a looming disaster into a success story for Nature's first soft drink. So come along if you want to know how to keep your hoses running all year, without fear of a hosepipe ban."

The water evening is at Bicton EaRTH Centre, Home Farm, Bicton College, East Budleigh, Devon EX9 7BH on Thursday 27 September, 6.30pm for 7pm start.

Free admission, although a donation towards Transition Town Exmouth would be appreciated. For more information, contact Derek Smithers at or call 07516 474353



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