Nursery cuts bills with reservoir

£80,000 project will bring savings in first year.

A nursery aims to lop its £11,000 water bill by 80 per cent after digging a reservoir to hold all its rainwater run-off. Nicholsons Nurseries excavated the 55m by 45m pit and lined it with polypropylene in an £80,000 project. Rainwater tumbling off a car park and 1ha of glasshouse, polytunnel and barn roofing is channelled into the 20m-deep reservoir. “We hope to cut mains-water use by 80 per cent,” said director Niel Nicholson. “This will reduce our water bill to around £2,000.” The nursery in North Aston, Oxfordshire won a £33,000 grant from the water resources efficiency tender scheme run by South East England Development Agency. The project involved laying 25cm-diameter pipes, filters, pumps, chlorination kit and steel collection tanks. Water from a nearby spring is also pumped into the system.

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