Project’s award for sav­ing wa­ter

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AN ASH­FORD wa­ter-sav­ing project has won a na­tional ef­fi­ciency award. The project in­cludes a demon­stra­tion of the latest wa­ter-sav­ing tech­nol­ogy to res­i­dents and hous­ing de­vel­op­ers on Hill­reed Homes’ 200-house High­land Park, Ash­ford, de­vel­op­ment. They are also pilot test­ing sea­sonal tar­iffs as a way of giv­ing res­i­dents an in­cen­tive to cut con­sump­tion. Cus­tomers are charged a lower wa­ter rate dur­ing the eight months of the year when sup­ply is plen­ti­ful and a higher rate in the sum­mer. County coun­cil man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for the en­vi­ron­ment and re­gen­er­a­tion Pete Raine re­ceived the com­men­da­tion at the En­vi­ron­ment Agency’s wa­ter ef­fi­ciency awards cer­e­mony in Lon­don last week where the project won the ac­co­lade for in­spir­ing change. The coun­cil part­ner­ship with Mid Kent Wa­ter, Hill­reed Homes, the En­vi­ron­ment Agency and oth­ers has de­vel­oped de­sign guid­ance on wa­ter ef­fi­ciency for hous­ing de­vel­op­ers. Mr Raine said: “This is tes­ta­ment to the hard work of all the part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions. With 100,000 new homes com­ing into wa­ter-stressed growth ar­eas like Ash­ford and the Thames Gate­way, we need all hous­ing de­vel­op­ers to adopt th­ese wa­ter-sav­ing mea­sures and we need more projects like this to en­cour­age res­i­dents to save wa­ter. “The Kent Wa­ter De­mand Man­age­ment Group has pro­duced prac­ti­cal ac­tion that is mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives. I am pleased that our ef­forts have been recog­nised with this award.”

KCC man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for the en­vi­ron­ment and re­gen­er­a­tion Pete Raine re­ceives the com­men­da­tion for the wa­ter-sav­ing project

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