Drought information

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The past year has been exceptionally dry and we’re now seeing the effect of low rainfall on our water resource levels. It has only been this dry 4 times in the last 101 years.

Veolia Water Central is monitoring our position closely and working with the Environment Agency, DEFRA and neighbouring water companies to review the situation and agree the most appropriate course of action.

With the drought showing no signs of improving, it has been decided that we must act now to conserve supplies and along with six neighbouring water companies we introduced restrictions on water use on the 5 April 2012.

Chairman Learns to Eco-drive

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Epping Forest District Council Chairman Councillor Penny Smith has taken part in a driving lesson provided by the Energy Saving Trust to learn how to become a more economical driver. Her lesson was part of The Smarter Driving Event which took place in Epping High Street on Tuesday 16 February 2010.

The Chairman drove a two lap circuit of Epping Town Centre and managed to improve her fuel efficiency by an astonishing 11 miles per Gallon. On the first lap she was asked by an instructor to drive naturally in the way that she had been taught. This was followed by a second lap in which the instructor gave practical advice to help change some of the common habits that lead to uneconomical driving.

Councillor Penny Smith and Sarah Creiztman with members of the Energy Saving Trust team

Commenting on her lesson Councillor Smith said: “If everyone in the district were to drive in this smarter way, the environmental benefits would be huge. With the effects of the recession still being felt there is, of course, a financial incentive too. Hopefully we will see more and more drivers adopting these changes and I would encourage anyone who owns a car to find out more.”

More information about the Energy Saving Trust and their Smarter Driving Events can be found on the Energy Saving Trust website.

Youth Council Energy Saving Initiatives

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Members of the Epping Forest Youth Council are encouraging schools across the district to save energy. All the secondary schools that completed a recent survey about their environmental practices, conducted by the Youth Council`s Environmental Group, will be awarded with an Owl Wireless Energy Monitor System.

St John`s School in Epping became the first in the district to be presented with one of these devices at the beginning of July. The systems monitor how much energy is used in a particular area and, in turn, how much money may be being wasted needlessly.

Youth Councillor Kaylee Orchard said: The survey we carried out revealed that most schools in the district carry out recycling, along with a number of other positive green practices. By providing these energy monitoring devices, pupils will become more aware of the amount of energy used in their schools and, I hope, to consider the effect this may be having on the environment.

The Youth Council secured the funding for a number of Owl Wireless Energy Monitor Systems from the West Essex Area Forum. They will be awarding them to the other secondary schools across the district over the next few months.