The WHICH magazine recently published an interview with Regina Finn, Chief Executive of OFWAT, the watchdog for the water utilities industry. There were some key points in her interview which we felt would be of interest to our readers and we have summarised these below.

1. When asked how people can be encouraged to save water, her recommendation was water metering (an issue we covered in our “Don’t Waste Water in the Garden” article). As she says, you pay for what you use and water meters make usage transparent. However, this raises another point and a potential difficulty in relying on water metering alone – if only some rather than the majority of people make the effort to save water by cutting their consumption and using water meters, then those who don’t will probably face much higher costs being passed on.

2. The question of transporting water from the North of England to the South where the dry drought like conditions are strongest was raised. Her reply was that at £15 billion the cost is too high. So if you live in the South of England there is no ready alternative other than higher prices and carefully conserving water usage.

3. How much of a role a will new technology play in helping fight water scarcity? She replied by grouping together climate change, new house building and water scarcity. In other words all these forces for change acting together.

We think her views are fairly realistic and it is encouraging to see the British government recognising the challenges ahead relating to water usage. However we do think that as water becomes more scarce, those who do not cut down consumption will pay a heavy price. Installing artificial grass and thereby reducing your usage of garden water is surely going to be one of the ways to make sure that you do not pay more for your water than your neighbours do.

The impact of global warming is brought home to us every day from different sources within the media. The Daily Express special feature on how artificial grass in the garden can combat drought problems is a good example and recent feedback from our own artificial grass customers suggests serious concern about the need to save on water, especially in the garden.

So what are the statistics on water usage in the UK? 

  • During hot weather garden watering accounts for 50%+ of the UK’s water supply, compared to 6% in normal weather conditions
  • Outdoor watering (medium sprinkler or handheld hose) uses 19-38 litres (5-10 gallons) per minute
  • Watering your garden/lawn for 1 hour = 1,140 litres (300 gallons) of water

So how can we save on water?

Even if you cut down on your outdoor watering to just 15 minutes 4 times per week, you would still use over 1,000 litres of water (300 gallons). A staggering waste.

We believe there are 2 realistic options for saving water. One is voluntary, the other enforced.


Take control of your garden and water usage by installing an artificial grass lawn. It needs no watering so for every year of its use you will literally save thousands of litres of water.


Water authorities will have to consider making water meters compulsory – and they have the evidence to prove their case. In the 1980’s water metering was trialled in 11 areas of the UK and subsequent years showed an average reduction of 11% in water usage in the homes concerned.

Our advice is don’t wait for a water meter. By installing artificial grass you will not only save on water but enjoy lots of other advantages – save time on mowing, save money on pesticides and weedkillers and have an all year round green lawn to look at.

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