Archive for November, 2009

So, haven’t we seen enough of it lately? Why do we want to start collecting the damned stuff? It’s everywhere, after all!

There is nothing new about rainwater harvesting; it was even done in pre-Roman times. However, in the UK we are far behind mainland Europe for collecting rainwater. Around 400 new rainwater harvesting systems installed per year in Great Britain – compared to over 50,000 each year in Germany.

In the UK, we are complacent about our water. It’s cheaper than in many other countries, and only 22% of domestic properties are metered. Despite our wet weather, the UK is still classified as having insufficient water. (Believe it or not, Madrid and Istanbul have more water available per person than London.) The demand for water has been constantly rising, whilst availability is dropping. An October 2008 report by the Environment Agency warned that Britain’s rivers, which provide 70% of our water, will drop by 10-15% in volume within 40 years.

Water conservation therefore needs serious consideration. It has been suggested that households need to reduce water consumption by a third, and rainwater harvesting could play a significant role in achieving this target.

Of the 150 litres of water that each person uses daily, between 30% and 50% does not necessarily have to be of drinking quality. On average, 50 of the 150 litres are merely used to flush the loo.

In the UK, mains water is cleaned to drinking water standards – but as we’ve just seen, we don’t drink most of it. Energy is used to clean water to a much higher standard than we need for washing, garden watering and toilet flushing. Collecting and using rainwater for some of these functions can save both energy and money.

Rainwater harvesting systems, like the one currently being installed in the new Memorial Hall, collect rainwater from the roof and store it in large tanks. This water can then be used for non-drinking applications, such as flushing the loos.

It’s also worth pointing out that the government now offers 100% tax relief to business owners under the enhanced capital allowance scheme, whenever rainwater harvesting systems are installed.

- Kevin S.

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A blog reader has told us that the BBC have reported this weekend (see article) that villagers in Somerset have converted their traditional red phone box into one of the country’s smallest lending libraries. Users deposit a book they have read and swap it for one they have not.   Should we try the same in Parwich? 

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We would like to see as many people as possible coming to support our Christmas bonanza on Friday 11 December – all welcome.  It starts at 1.30pm and finishes at 3.30pm. There will be lots of stalls including Lucky Dip, Raffle, Refreshments, Puppet Show, Cake Stalls and Name the Teddy’s Birthday.

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What’s on Where this Week

December 2009
Date Time Event Location
Wed 2nd 6pm & 7.15pm Pilates Parwich School
Sat 5th 9am-10.45am Saturday Morning Rubbish Collection Parwich
Sat 5th 8.30pm The A52s The Sycamore
Sun 6th 11am Mattins Parwich Church

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Last week’s weather obs.

Last weeks readings:

Rainfall

in mm

Pressure

in Mb am

Pressure

in Mb pm

Temperature in ºC

Max

Min

Sun 22nd

2

996.5

994.0

8.2

6.1

Mon 23rd

18

994.1

996.6

9.1

5.3

Tue 24th

7

1000.3

998.4

11.7

6.2

Wed 25th

2

993.4

996.5

9.5

4.9

Thu 26th

1

995.9

996.5

8.3

4.0

Fri 27th

2

993.7

997.1

7.7

1.3

Sat 28th

8

988.6

988.6

3.7

2.2

Total

40

Average

8.3

4.3

The unsettled weather with cooler temperatures continues.

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Saturday Morning Rubbish Collection

I don’t normally post this information so far in advance, but as it is getting dark so early, you may wish to get organised today,  for the rubbish collection next Saturday.  The next one is not until 20th February.

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The Wonders of the Blog!!

Is this “match” a first for the Parwich blog?

Thanks to the blog Millie the Guinea pig has moved to Birchover to start a new life with Ruby the Guinea pig, also recently bereaved. They found our posting on the blog by googling “Derbyshire guinuea pig” – the wonders of modern technology!

We are left with a hutch and a run if anyone wants them. The run is particularly solid having been passed to us by the Websters about 6 years ago, who were not its original owners! We don’t want any money for them.
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