Hughes Mushrooms becomes a ‘Water Champion’

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Hughes Mushrooms has been congratulated by the Consumer Council for becoming more water efficient, with a weekly decrease in water consumption of 12,500 litres.

Pictured left to right is Andrew Culbert, Consumer Council holding a Water Champions posten, Tanya Maguire, Hughes Mushrooms holding her certificate and Dan Hughes, Hughes Mushrooms.

In recognition of the company’s water saving efforts, it has been awarded the Consumer Council’s Water Champions award. This 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.

Accepting the award on behalf of the company, Tanya Maguire said “Water sustainability is one of Hughes Mushrooms’ key environmental focus areas. Over the past few years we have identified our main areas of water use and implemented systems internally to reduce consumption i.e. a water treatment plant to purify water before discharge and use on company vehicles, sensor taps for hand washing, recycling water in our crate wash and staff awareness training. All of these actions have lead to a decrease in our water use and financial savings for the company.

“Hughes Mushrooms are very proud of our recent Water Champions Award as it recognises the efforts and contributions within the factory and encourages us to keep investigating ways to maintain and further reduce our water consumption to ensure water sustainability for future generations.”

Graham Smith, Head of Water at the Consumer Council has praised the efforts of the company, “We congratulate Hughes Mushrooms for the changes they have implemented in order to reduce their water usage.

“They are the latest business in Dungannon to join our growing list of Water Champions. These include businesses, schools and farms from across Northern Ireland.  We would encourage all businesses in Tyrone, big and small, to contact the Consumer Council for ideas on how to make savings or to enter to become a Water Champion, which is free of charge.”

The Consumer Council has a range of online resources to help business users check their water allowances and usage.  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 Water Champions Scheme or for a free copy of ‘Every Drop Counts’, a guide for businesses and farms to improve their water efficiency visit:, telephone 0800 121 6022 or find us on twitter (@ConsumerCouncil) or facebook (Consumer Council Northern Ireland).

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