The Water Project: Each month from April to July I am spending a week in an organization asking the question, “What can we do to reduce our water consumption and pollution?” Each organization will symbolize the journey a glass of water goes on from being drunk, going out into the sewers, to the rivers and then out into the sea.
The Inspiration: Working at the Castle, which has such a strong environmental and sustainability policy, I have been inspired to learn more about the issues of water consumption and pollution in the UK. My interest in water is from seeing, at first hand; the impact water limitation has upon poor communities in India as well as locally living in the UK, as a surfer, - coming face to face with the problems of water pollution in the sea.
APRIL: The Castle Climbing Centre symbolizes the first stage of the water journey. Since 2009, the Castle have achieved the following:
Signed up to be a water filling station
Collected and stored rainwater for the use in the garden. After 1 year, the installation of rainwater storage tanks saw reduction of mains water by 14%.
Constructed a swale running down the garden hillside to filter greywater from the men’s shower’s, irrigating the garden and reduce water waste treatment needs.
Bottled Water - Stopped selling bottled water. Replaced with Castle-branded reusable water bottles, made in the UK (minimizing transport and packaging waste) , dishwasher safe and recycled.
Modified water fountains to make easier to refill bottles.
Eco cubes in urinals to reduce water consumption - saving 648 litres per day, and 235,425 litres per year.
Changed cleaning supplies to be more ecological.
Use all recycled toilet paper and eco friendly products.
Replaced disposable ice packs with reusable ones reducing landfill waste.
Designed and created wildlife pond with two over-flow areas in order to provide food, shelter and safety for the wildlife in the garden.