25th March 2013

CAFRE become a Water Champion

The Consumer Council has awarded CAFRE (College for Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise) its ‘Water Champion Gold’ status for making water efficiency savings of 1,500m3 per year, a saving of approximately £1,600 off their annual water bill. 

CAFRE took part in the Consumer Council’s ‘Water Champion Award’ scheme, which is run in partnership with Invest NI and NI Water.  Businesses and farmers who demonstrate how they have saved money by reducing their water usage and put in place water efficiency measures are awarded the ‘Water Champion’ accolade.  CAFRE college has received a ‘Gold’ certificate for its three campuses; Greenmount, Loughry and Enniskillen and the Water Champions’ logo for website and social media use. 

Antoinette McKeown, Chief Executive of the Consumer Council said: “The Consumer Council is delighted to award CAFRE ‘Water Champion Gold’ status.  CAFRE has saved 1,500m3 of water by: installing water saving devices; using technology so that crops are only watered when required; and utilise rainwater harvesting to collect rainwater from available roof structures and other areas.   

“The Water Champions campaign is aimed at helping businesses and farms improve water efficiency and save between 30 and 50 per cent off their water bills.  This can be done by installing no cost - or investing in low cost - water reduction technologies.  All businesses and farms can benefit.  For further details about the scheme 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 Consumer Council or Facebook Consumer Council Northern Ireland”. 

John Fay, College Director of CAFRE said "I am delighted with the recognition by the Consumer Council and the award of 'Water Champion Gold' status.  CAFRE staff has been working for quite a number of years on a number of water saving projects with the aim of reducing water leaks and total water consumption.  We have achieved a great deal, reducing what was once substantial leakage to practically zero now.  We are still pressing on focusing now on reducing consumption.  CAFRE will continue to maintain a focus on water use and demonstrate to the farming and rural community the financial benefits of such work".


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