Water water everywhere!
At this time of year when
we seem to have far too
much water falling from
the sky, it is difficult to
remind ourselves what a rare and
precious resource it is. Water is
essential for life. It takes energy to
collect, clean, store and pump to
where it is needed. So using water
wisely will reduce carbon emissions
and limit environmental impact.
Average water consumption per
person in the UK is about 150 litres
per day in the home for things like
washing, cooking and flushing the
toilet, so what can we do to reduce
· Wash vegetables in a bowl rather
than under a running tap. Then use
the same water to water plants.
· Choose energy and water efficient
appliances, and wait until they are
full rather than doing half loads in
the washing machine or dishwasher.
· Shower rather than bath. Restrict
the flow on a power shower.
· Turn off the tap when brushing your
· Reduce the toilet flush capacity, and
flush less often - ‘If it’s yellow let it
mellow, if it’s brown flush it down’
· Collect rainwater or use grey water
for watering plants
· Use mulches or let the grass grow
longer to conserve moisture
· Avoid power washing
We also need to take into account
‘embedded water’ that is water used
in the production of food, textiles and
manufactured goods. Making these
processes more water efficient is
mostly down to the businesses that
There are lots of
examples of embedded water in
different products for example
700ml of beer uses 208 litres as
opposed to 870 litres in the same
volume of wine. Processed foods will
use more than home prepared. Items
which come from water stressed
areas of the world such as flowers
from Kenya should be avoided. Use
water intensive products like cotton,
paper and metal sparingly, and
prolong the lifespan where possible.
Repair Cafe: Are you a fixer or a mender?
Do you enjoy getting handy with a
hammer or a needle?
Is there something you want to fix?
Would you like to share your skills
and learn new ones?
You are invited to Sedgefield Repair
Café open meeting on January 18
2022 at 7pm in the Parish Hall,
We will share ideas for setting up a
repair café locally, look at what skills
people have and what they want to
learn. For more information email
Rain stops play at Carols in the Car Park
As the PA and Event Manager, Gary, sat in Sainsbury’s café watching the rain
pour down as it had done all day on 5th December, the sad decision was
reluctantly taken to cancel Carols in the Car Park this year. We were so
disappointed! But the PA gear could not be set up in such wet and windy
Volunteers and people who had booked places were contacted promptly, and
the information was rapidly posted on sedgefieldweb and on social media by
helpful souls (you know who you are – thank you!). The word spread
effectively, and come the time, only a few cars turned up to a dark and damp
car park, to be met by a couple of stewards well wrapped up against the
weather. Some lessons there to learn for next time.
Huge thanks to everyone who was involved in organising the event and ready
to stage it – your willingness, effort and community spirit are precious.
Goodwill makes the world go around. Sedgefield Area Churches Together,
Gary at PLW Event Management, Nic and the team at Sainsbury’s, Richard who
was going to give the message, Fishburn Band, singers from the Lyric Singers
and Lirica, Chris and all the stewards he gathered, Gary from Radio Tees, and
others – you are much appreciated.