World Water Day - Nature for Water
It’s World Water Day on the 22nd March. A day where the United Nations encourages us to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle water and public health issues. The importance and significance of this day is growing. Various environmental organisations are predicting even more droughts in the future due to climate change. At the same time, the number of people at risk from floods is projected to rise from 1.2 billion today to around 1.6 billion in 2050 – nearly 20% of the world’s population.
This year, as we mark the 25th anniversary of World Water Day, the theme is ‘Nature for Water’ which considers how can we reduce floods, droughts and water pollution by using the solutions we already find in nature.
The shortage of water is an important issue for some parts of Britain, particularly London and the South East. But for most other parts of Britain running out of water is the least of our concerns! Flooding, and the risk of it, is something that troubles a growing number of people across the UK.
What Redrow are doing to reduce water
Dealing with water on our developments is a key part of planning for Redrow. We design to ensure that water can be used efficiently in the home and controlled effectively outside of it. When it comes to the design of our houses, Redrow goes beyond Government building regulations on water efficiency by fitting, as standard, low-flush toilets, low flow taps, low flow showers and 139L capacity baths. We’ve even fitted intelligent water meters at our Buckshaw Village development in Lancashire which enable homeowners to more accurately monitor and control water consumption.
One of the potential effects of building houses and apartments is that rain water, that was once held in the land, is passed down to streams and rivers much faster. The faster movement of rain water across land, if not managed correctly, can increase flooding risks downstream.
To reduce this risk Redrow incorporates sustainable drainage systems on all of its developments. On our Lyons Square development, Harrow, we have installed a rain water harvesting system which incorporates a very large tank stored underneath the basement of the apartments. This system and tank captures rain water and uses it to water trees and plants on the development. This has the dual benefit of reducing flood risk and improving the natural environment around the homes and apartments.
Lyon Square, Harrow
On our Amington Green development, near Tamworth we are linking four ponds together. Each of the four ponds will play an important role in balancing water and reducing immediate flood risks. The ponds will provide a great habitat for local aquatic wildlife and will also be used to hold protected great crested newts. What’s more we are building a web of footpaths and cycle paths around the ponds so that people living in the local community can visit and enjoy this nature rich environment.
Amington Green Balancing Ponds incorporated into a nature reserve.
The answer is in nature
One of the World Water Day campaign headings is called ‘The answer is in nature’. The message is that nature based solutions like those being put into place at Lyons Square and Amington Green can provide a practical way to help rebalance the water cycle, mitigate the effects of climate change and improve human health and livelihoods.