As Hampshire households escape a hosepipe ban for now, Hampshire County Council has awarded funding towards an event to help raise awareness of how to conserve precious water supplies.

At his Policy and Resources Decision Day, (19 April) County Council Leader, Councillor Ken Thornber allocated a grant of £4,000 to The Hampshire Water Partnership – the organisers of The Hampshire Water Festival. The 2012 event is in its tenth year and will take place on the 14 and 15 July at Staunton Country Park near Havant.

The Water Festival aims to generate an appreciation of, and interest in Hampshire’s water environment and the need to conserve this valuable resource. With greater pressure on available water supplies from a growing population, increasing household demand and climate change, the need for greater conservation and efficiency in the use of water resources is essential to maintain ecologically viable flows in rivers and wetlands.

The County Council grant will enable the event organisers to hire an education marquee and other facilities to host informative talks and interactive activities around water conservation and management.

Helping Residents Save Limited Water Supplies.  We already use more water per person than our European neighbours, with each person in the UK using around 160 litres of water each day for washing and drinking. Due to lifestyle and possible climatic changes in future, this is expected to go up to 180 – 220 litres per person per day in the next 20 years and we need to take action to address this.

Councillor Thornber said: “The Hampshire Water Festival is a wonderful event that is well attended each year. It is not only great fun, but also carries an important underlying message around the need for everyone to share the responsibility for using water wisely.”

For more information about the Hampshire Water Festival 2012 visit http://www.hampshirewaterfestival.co.uk/