From the Chilterns to the Champions

There’s a big football match this weekend, and we’re very excited about it.

We’re proud of all the areas we serve, but right now we’re particularly proud to be the water supplier to the Wembley area. The water that comes out of your taps is the same water that flows through our local rivers and streams. And this weekend, it’s the same water that keeps that most hallowed turf… well… hallowed.

So we’ve made a short film to celebrate our water’s journey, from the Chilterns to the Champions.

We hope you enjoy it. If you do, we’d love you to like it and share it on social media.

At Affinity Water, we know it’s our responsibility to protect these local rivers and streams, which is why we’ve launched Save Our Streams. If you’re not one of the 84,000 people people who’ve already joined the movement and ordered their free water devices, you can sign-up by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.

Just enter your postcode and answer a few questions about how you use water. Then you can see exactly how much water your household uses and claim your free water-saving kit and optional 15 minute expert video call.   

So what are you waiting for?

It’s super easy to help your local environment and Save Our Streams – it’ll only take you three minutes.
And if helping the environment wasn’t enough, you’ll also save money too.

What is the Water Saving Service?

Our Water Saving Service helps you reduce the amount of water you’re wasting, which can save you money and help the environment. And best of all, it won’t cost you a penny.

When you arrange a check, our qualified technicians will come round to your house to identify and repair small leaks (where possible), offer to fit free water saving devices, and give you some advice about easy changes you could make to reduce your water bills.

(Because technical people like acronyms, our team sometimes refer to visits from our Water Saving Service as “Home Water Efficiency Checks”, or “HWECs”. Please don’t be confused, they’re exactly the same thing.)

Will the Water Saving Service
really save me money?

Absolutely. No one likes to waste money, but a lot of people don’t realise their homes might have leaky pipes and inefficient fittings. That means their hard-earned cash is being flushed down the drain.

Our Water Saving Service is a quick, free and painless way of saving you money. A home visit should only take around 40 minutes, and our expert technicians are trained to uphold the highest standards of COVID-19 safety. They’re also very polite.

How will it help the environment?

Not many people realise that the water you use at home comes from your local environment. Unfortunately, too much water is being wasted, which means our local rivers and streams are in danger of drying up. Booking a visit from our Water Saving Service means you can enjoy the warm and fuzzy glow of helping save our local waterways for future generations (of people and wildlife).

What’s the catch?

There is none. We’ll cover 100% of the cost of your visit from the Water Saving Service (normally worth £80), and there are no hidden charges. Like all the best things in life, it’s absolutely free.

How do I sign up for the Water Saving Service?

You can sign up today by emailing homecheck@affinitywater.co.uk, or you can speak directly to one of our team on 0345 357 2403 (select option 3).

Is there anything else I can do to
save water and save money?

There is. If you’re determined to drive your water wastage even lower, simply enter your postcode and answer a few questions and you’ll gain access to your exact household water usage stats, plus challenges encouraging you to save even more water. Don’t forget to ask your friends and neighbours to visit www.SaveOurStreams.co.uk and sign-up too.

So what are you waiting for?

It’s super easy to help your local environment and Save Our Streams – it’ll only take you three minutes.
And if helping the environment wasn’t enough, you’ll also save money too.

Sandi Toksvig dons her waders in ‘one-of-a-kind’ stream-based stand-up gig

Former ‘Bake Off’ front woman and QI host Sandi Toksvig is thought to have claimed a very unique ‘world first’ after headlining a stand-up comedy gig from within a stream!

From L to R Mark Watson, Eshaan Akbar, Helen Arney and Sandi Toksvig in the River Chess at Stand-up for Our Streams for Affinity Water’s SOS Save Our Streams photo credit Sam Roberts.

‘Stand-up for Our Streams’ was the milestone event in our SOS: Save Our Streams campaign, which urges members of the public to address water-wasting behaviours and help to protect the UK’s precious chalk streams.

Together, we need to save 21 million litres of water per day – shockingly, this is the equivalent of 140 million cups of tea, 37 million pints of water, 262,500 baths of water and 8.4 Olympic swimming pools.

Coined ‘Britain’s Great Barrier Reef’, these beautiful rivers are sadly more endangered than both the Bengal tiger and black rhino. Now at risk due to unsustainably high demand for water resulting in groundwater being taken, SOS: Save Our Streams encourages people to waste less water by providing tailored water saving support.

On Monday 17th May 2021, comedian, broadcaster, author and keen environmentalist, Sandi Toksvig, led an exclusive comedy gig to a live audience from within a chalk stream, standing in the River Chess, which rises near Chesham and flows all the way to Rickmansworth, through Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

Compered by comedian, author and sports pundit Mark Watson, the private, closed event, performed in front of 30 invited VIP guests, also featured support acts, Eshaan Akbar and Helen Arney.

Sandi Toksvig explains: “I am a firm believer that the protection of our environment is a shared responsibility. Having previously lived in a house boat, our waterways have a special place in my heart and I am proud to be helping to raise awareness and understanding of the simple steps we can all take to save these beautiful areas. What better way to do it than through entertainment and humour; let’s all ‘stand up for our streams’ and play a part in the protection of these national treasures.”

Mark Watson in the River Chess at Stand-up for Our Streams for Affinity Water’s SOS Save Our Streams photo credit Sam Roberts

Jake Rigg, Corporate Affairs Director at Affinity Water said: “Stand-up for Our Streams has been a fantastic, innovative way for us to highlight this major environmental issue facing the UK.

“Affinity Water is committed to ending unsustainable abstraction from local streams, but it must be a community effort. Saving water at home will help us do this and support our efforts towards a zero-carbon future.”

Event compere Mark Watson commented: “It has been a real privilege to be part of this one-of-a-kind event, which has certainly offered a completely new career experience for me!

“Behind the laughter is a very serious message – we need to start treasuring our water now for the precious resource that it is. If no changes are made, by 2025 we will have a shortfall of 43 million litres per day.

“More and more people are understanding the crucial need for environmental protection, but it’s easy to forget what a big impact water waste has on both our carbon footprint and our local environment. Taking action needs to become part of our daily lives so that we can all contribute to the changes we need to see.”

If you want to get involved and do your bit, you can take action now – click the button at the bottom of the page to enter your postcode and answer a few questions about how you use water, gaining access to your exact household water usage stats and discovering if you’re eligible for a free water-saving kit and tailored advice.

So what are you waiting for?

It’s super easy to help your local environment and Save Our Streams – it’ll only take you three minutes.
And if helping the environment wasn’t enough, you’ll also save money too.

Getting set to make a splash near you!

Heading to eight towns across our region through May, June and July, our team will be on hand to help you to understand your water wasting habits and how this impacts our endangered and much-loved chalk streams.

Who doesn’t love a good soak? Imagine the wrinkles from a scrub in this! With a capacity of 10,000 litres, this mega bathtub is a whopping 125 times bigger than a regular household bath. Our enormous tub is heading out on the road, hoping to turn heads and encourage people to sign-up to our movement to help everyone waste less water, and save our streams.

This custom-built spectacle is also a must for a quick selfie – it is quite possibly the biggest bath you’ll ever see!

Tour dates

  1. Watford’s Atria Shopping Centre, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd May
  2. St Alban’s town centre, Thursday 27th and Friday 28th May
  3. Harlow’s The Water Gardens, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th June
  4. Hitchin’s Market Square, Friday 11th and Saturday 12th June
  5. Woking’s Jubilee Square, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th June
  6. Hemel Hempstead’s Riverside Shopping, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd July
  7. Harrow’s town centre, Friday 9th July and Saturday 10th July
  8. Staines’ Two Rivers Shopping & Leisure, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th July

If you see our epic bath on tour, please do tag @AffinityWater on social media! We’d love to see your pictures.

We know that Affinity Water customers use 9% more water than the national average. We must all work together to waste less water so we can save our precious chalk streams. Enter your postcode at the bottom of the page to answer a few questions about how you use water and gain access to your household water usage stats and support.

So what are you waiting for?

It’s super easy to help your local environment and Save Our Streams – it’ll only take you three minutes.
And if helping the environment wasn’t enough, you’ll also save money too.