Neil Parish backs #WhyNotWater campaign

Neil Parish MP, Chair of EFRA & Vice-Chair of the APPG on Water gives his backing to Affinity Water’s #WhyNotWater campaign.

In a new #WhyNotWater podcast series launched on social media by @AffinityWater, Neil Parish MP, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Water, and Chair of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, says he’s supporting Affinity Water’s #WhyNotWater campaign and urges consumers to get behind it too.

Mr Parish, the Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton begins by discussing the climate change debate and goes on to say how important water metering and building new homes that can collect and reuse rain water are and why they should also be put onto the agenda.

He urges water companies to do more to solve the problem of leakage and to embrace new advances in innovation and technology to do this but he also thinks that tackling plastic use alongside educating consumers more about the need to cut their water usage go hand in hand. Mr Parish is an enthusiast for encouraging more people to realise how good tap water is and to drink it instead of water from plastic bottles.

Mr Parish key quote: “Putting my farming hat on steady rain is so good for the ground because it absorbs it but heavy rain runs off and doesn’t necessarily get collected. You need steady rain over a period of time so it gets down into the ground water. At the moment ground water levels are very low.

“We have very good quality water in this Country we should not be having as many plastic bottles. It is something I am very keen on. We live in a Country where we can drink from a tap. We have good quality water and yet we are still having billions of bottles of plastic water. Single use plastic. Together we can help the environment not only as far as water is concerned but also as far as reducing the amount of plastics too. 

“Energy use labelling is mandatory and water should be too, with our water use our dishwashers our washing machines all of our water appliances. We need to have proper smart metering in many respects so that we can measure what we use and know if we are using 110 litres a day. We would then know if we needed to cut down and we would find ways of doing it. Those are key.”

Asked how he saved water in his home Mr Parish said he always used “showers” and that he is water conscious at home. “We have a lot of plants and we reuse water on the plants, and we just don’t tip a lot of water away. I would like to see new properties built so that they collect the rain water and use it to flush the loos and others because very often this rain water doesn’t get collected in reservoirs it goes to waste so there is lots we can do.”

He ended the podcast interview by saying he supported Affinity’s Asks. “I do support the #WhyNotWater campaign, I think more companies will take this up and the public are now getting on side. You must take the public with you if you are genuinely going to save water.”

The Affinity Water #WhyNotWater Asks are:

1. Mandatory water efficiency labelling on all goods. 
2. Rights for tenants to request that their landlords install water saving measures so that they are able to enjoy water efficient homes.  
3. Domestic water efficiency by ensuring fixtures and fittings meet standard requirements through mandatory certification.
4. Every Local Plan in a severely water stressed area should include the target of 110 litres per person per day.