Did someone say cake??

CoN Coffee Morning compressed 2As the Call of Nature project in the Bollin catchment runs into it's second year, we've been very busy looking at what changes can be made to improve the water quality of Marthall and Pedley Brooks, which are currently in poor ecological condition.  

On Tuesday morning it was the turn of local residents to find out what they can do to reduce their water consumption, and how using low phosphate household products and toiletires can really help to improve the water quality of Marthall and Pedley Brooks.  

 

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A coffee morning (with magnificent homemade cake!) was held at a local home, with eleven people attending.  Everyone was very interested to find out about the negative impacts of phosphate pollution, and were concerned to find that is causes an increase in algal growth which can suffocate fish, fish eggs and invertebrates. Phosphates do occur naturally, but can also be added to rivers by leaking septic tanks, use of regular household cleaners and washing fats, oils or food down the drains.  Sally Potts, Project Manager, showed the local residents alternative household products and toiletries they could use, and gave out gift bags with samples of eco-friendly washing up liquid, body wash, skincare and water saving devices.

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The morning was a success with everyone saying they had learned something new, and were interested to try out the samples and would look to switching from their regular cleaning products.  For more hints and tips, please visit our project page here.  

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Thank you to everyone who came, and for Viv who hosted this fantastic coffee morning.  We hope to repeat this as an evening event in the near future.

You can find out more about last year's Call of Nature project here.  

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