City Hotel Derry Gets ‘Water Champion’ Thumbs Up From Consumer Council Following £18k Water Saving

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The City Hotel Derry has been congratulated by the Consumer Council for making savings of over £18,000 on its water bill in recent years. This comes at a time when the Consumer Council is keen to ensure that businesses aren’t paying more for their water than they have to.

Photo of Clare Campbell, Accomodation Manager and Consumer Council staff member Diane Foster outside Derry City Hotel

The City Hotel’s savings follow a reduction in water use which has garnered the Consumer Council’s seal of approval in the form of a ‘Water Champion’ award.  The award, developed in partnership with Invest NI and NI Water, is given to those who demonstrate how they have reduced their water use and saved money.

Despite adding twelve new bedrooms and attracting high visitor numbers during the UK City of Culture celebrations the City Hotel was still able to make significant savings and is the first hotel to receive the award.

Accepting the award on behalf of the hotel Clare Campbell, Accommodation Manager said: “We are delighted to have our work to reduce our water use recognised by the Consumer Council.  On reviewing our water consumption, we discovered that simple steps like fitting water saving shower heads and restrictors to taps, installing a new water efficient dishwasher and placing hippo bags in cisterns, have made a difference to our water bills.

“Understanding our water use better also showed how the water used throughout the building contributed to a large proportion of our energy costs, so reducing our usage will also have a positive impact on future energy bills.

Clare continues; “My advice to other businesses would be to get staff or co-workers involved in helping to cut water use.  We appointed an environmental champion, a green team and ran training for staff which made all the difference in raising awareness levels and meant that we could be really proactive when it came to issues such as leaks.  We also check our meter daily so we can really keep on top of our water use.”

The Consumer Council’s Interim Chief Executive, Aodhan O’Donnell said: "The Consumer Council is delighted to award the City Hotel with Water Champion status.  Water costs can be between one and two per cent of a company’s turnover.  Savings of between 30 and 50 per cent can be achieved by installing no cost or investing in low cost water reduction practices and technologies.

“We encourage all organisations to consider making simple changes like these as they really can add up to a big difference in bills,” concluded Aodhan.

The Water Champions award is aimed at helping businesses, farms and other organisations improve water efficiency and save money off their water bills.  All businesses, farms and schools can benefit and the Water Champions awards are free to enter.  The Consumer Council has developed online information to help farms and non-domestic water users calculate their water usage, work out Average Daily Consumption (ADC) and understand the different types of bill; measured, un-measured and assessed.  The Consumer Council can also check non-domestic water users are receiving the relevant allowances available to them and provides a free complaints service if consumers are unhappy with how an issue has been dealt with.

For further details about the award or for a free copy of Every Drop Counts, a guide for businesses and farms to improve their water efficiency, visit: www.consumercouncil.org.uk/water/champions-/ telephone 0800 121 6022 or find us on twitter (@ConsumerCouncil) or facebook (Consumer Council Northern Ireland).

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