Saving Water on Arran

Stay on Arran? – don’t miss out on your FREE water saving device pack this summer!

Scottish Water have teamed up with Home Energy Scotland and Arran Eco Savvy to deliver free water saving devices and issue free water saving advice to Arran residents this summer. The campaign was launched at the start of last month and here is some information to tell you more about it and how to get involved.

Why are we running this campaign on Arran?

Even though it seems like it rains a lot in Scotland, it doesn’t always rain where we need it to. Water levels can still drop quickly during prolonged dry spells! With climate change, rainfall patterns will become less predictable, and the risk of these prolonged dry spells is increasing. During the hot, dry summer of 2018, Arran experienced an increase in demand for water of up to 30%.

As a result we had to transport more than 25 tankers of water from the mainland by ferry, containing around 750,000 litres of water, to ensure residents and businesses on Arran had a constant supply of high quality drinking water. Saving water all year round helps to maintain local water supplies and improve resilience to dry spells as well as helping protect our precious natural resources.

Each individual uses approximately 165 litres of water every day in and around the home. Arran has a population of around 4,500 people using more than 270 million litres of water per year.

Hot water use makes up a fifth of the average household energy bill, so saving water helps save energy and money too, all while helping to reduce Arran’s carbon footprint.

For some simple steps you can take to help save water in and around your home follow this link

How to get involved

• Complete this webform to request a pack
• Call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282
• Enter our water butt competition
• Check out the Arran Eco Savvy Facebook page to enter our competition for a chance win a FREE water butt for your garden! There will be a competition running each month in July, August and September.

Charlotte, Energy & Water Advisor at Arran Eco Savvy says, “Energy efficiency in households, alongside food, travel, and transport sustainability, are at the heart of our aims to reduce carbon on the island. Water efficiency is intrinsically linked to these and, from experience, we understand that Arran residents are eager to adapt, on a personal and wider scale, to the challenges faced by climate change. After a water themed Savvy Film Club screening and discussion, it was clear that the same passion for the environment was there for the world’s water crisis. Our goal is for water conservation behaviours and solutions to be implemented here on Arran, for the benefit of the community, before the water shortages that we have experienced in recent summer seasons become more prevalent.”

If everyone on Arran made small changes to reduce their water use by just 5%, then together we could save around 13 million litres of water per year. That’s enough to supply a few Arran villages with water for an entire year!

To help you save water, we are offering Arran residents free water saving packs which include devices such as a regulated flow showerhead, a shower timer, and a garden hose gun. The pack also contains a brochure with lots of helpful tips and advice on how to save water in and around your home. By making small changes and installing these water efficient devices, a family of four on Arran could save up to £100 off their energy bills a year.

Request your free water saving pack and find out more by calling Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 or visit the Scottish Water website.

Featured image of Glen Rosa pools. Photo credit Kerr Rankin.