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Photo competition to help save water in south west Hertfordshire
Budding photographers could be in with a chance of winning £75 for capturing a photo showing why it is important to save water.
Hertfordshire has one of the highest rates of water consumption in the country with people wasting up to 12 litres a day, through things such as leaving the tap running while they brush their teeth or having an overindulgent shower.
Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Jean Heywood and chair of Herts Sustainability Forum, said: "We’re just trying to encourage residents to change their habits slightly to stop needlessly wasting water. Here in Hertfordshire we each use 162 litres of water a day which is 12 litres more than the national average. We should only be using around 130 litres a day so we have some work to do.
"Saving water not only helps the environment but also saves you money on metered water bills and reducing hot water will also lower your energy bills. We hope residents get on board with the competition, which is a fun way to help spread the word."
Hertsmere has teamed up with Affinity Water and ‘Green our Herts’ - a county-wide partnership of local authorities - on the competition and to promote water efficiency.
Posters have been put up on bus shelters and other places around the borough with simple ways to reduce water use. Free shower and toothbrush timers and ‘save a flush’ devices are also available from council offices in Bushey High Street.
To enter the photo competition use a smart phone or camera and send your photo with a title and short description to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday, November 22.
Entries will be judged on the creative and effective delivery of the water saving message. There will be first, second and third prizes of £75, £50 and £25 of shopping vouchers.
For full instructions and terms and conditions visit www.greenourherts.org.uk.
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