Water Conservation

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Eddie McGrady Eddie McGrady Social Democratic and Labour Party, South Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to improve water efficiency in (a) low income households, (b) domestic premises, (c) small businesses and (d) public sector offices; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of John Spellar John Spellar The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The Chief Executive of Water Service (Mrs. Katharine Bryan) has written to the hon. Gentleman in response to this question.

Letter from Mrs. Katharine Bryan to Mr. Eddie McGrady, dated 29 April 2004

You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question (No. 168930) about what plans he has to improve water efficiency in low income households, domestic premises, small businesses and public sector offices. I have been asked to reply as Chief Executive of the Water Service.

Water Service's second Water Efficiency Plan was formally launched in January 2004. The Plan sets out how Water Service proposes to extend its information and awareness campaign and to provide advice to all of the community including low income households, domestic premises, small businesses and public sector offices. Water Service will continue to extend its programme of exhibitions at major events, presentations to local groups as well as displays at local shopping centres across Northern Ireland. In addition the successful Water Bus mobile exhibition will continue to deliver the water conservation message to schools, with all children who attend being provided with a home copy of water efficiency information to give to their parent or guardian. All public sector offices have received a full water conservation pack containing Hippo bags, posters, etc and Water Service will continue to work with the public sector to promote water efficiency. Water Service has also sent small businesses and Government offices further information on how to improve water efficiency when it issued metered water accounts in 2003.

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