St Albans Cricket Club bowled over
by Affinity Water funding

We’ve just stepped in with funding to buy St Alban’s Cricket Club a ‘Super Sopper’ – a simple, innovative piece of equipment that removes rainwater from pitch covers, so matches can re-start quickly after rain in the new league season, which starts this Saturday 7th May.

As part of Affinity Water’s SOS: Save our Streams campaign, we’re asking you to waste less water and protect the UK’s precious chalk streams after initial statistics showed our customers use 9% more water per person, per day than the national average.

Coined ‘Britain’s Great Barrier Reef,’ chalk streams, which boast clear water from underground springs, are more endangered than both the Bengal tiger and black rhino.

Over 200,000 people in our region have already signed up to our landmark Affinity Water’s SOS: Save our Streams movement, pledging to reduce the amount of water they use on a daily basis and save these beautiful rivers.

Water that is soaked up by highly absorbent pads on the Super Sopper at St Albans Cricket club will be saved and re-used by groundsman, in drier times, to water plants within the park and on the cricket square itself.

The latest investment at the cricket club will allow the team to safely play matches in wet conditions, whilst also reducing the need to use fresh water from taps and hoses to keep the grounds healthy in the hot summer months.

Matt Howeson, Club Captain St Albans Cricket Club said; “We are very grateful to Affinity Water for the funding we’ve received this summer. We lost several games as a result of waterlogged pitches last year, which was hugely disappointing for everyone involved.

“We are aiming for a double promotion again this summer, so the stakes are high. The Super Sopper will allow us to remove excess water from the playing surface and ultimately allow us to play more matches, whatever the weather. As a club, we are all invested in supporting the wider Save our Streams campaign – we are dependent on our local environment and committed to protecting the natural resources around us, so this is a perfect partnership for us.”

So what are you waiting for?

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