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Why do people waste water?

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Wasting Water - Why?

It’s distressing when hundreds of gallons of water go to waste while some individuals can’t find a good enough or safe enough supply for them and their families. While wasted water can’t generally be redirected to those that have a greater need, it should make us value the importance of our water and think about those who don’t have such easy access.

People in the developed world are used to heading to the water cooler or turning on a tap and using water freely from a limitless supply. Often only when it directly affects the size of their bill do some people think about the amount of water that they waste (a situation seen with water meters).

What a lack of water means

Only when a minor catastrophe strikes and the water supplies are turned off for an hour or two do people realise how much they need water for drinking, for preparing food and sanitation purposes. Not being able to drink a glass of water or flush the toilet at the moment it is required can be quite a surprise.

At the same time, in other parts of the world, some people spend the majority of their day searching for safe drinking water and if they can’t find some their family are in crisis. Each year, millions of people die from preventable diseases which are caused by lack of contact with clean water and sufficient sanitation. Many of these deaths involve young children.

In particularly difficult areas, groundwater can be completely depleted. Rivers and lakes can dry up at different times of the year when many people are depending upon the water from these areas as irrigation to help grow their food, because we know that plants only grow through feeding, watering and sunlight.

The developed world often fails to understand the ramifications of water scarcity and as climates change around the world, suitable sources of water can become even more difficult to find.

For every person that allows gallons of water to flow down the sink until it becomes warm enough to wash their cutlery and crockery, many people are expected to walk miles every day to collect insufficient water and return it to their home.

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Progress and challenges

Incredibly, in 2013, around 880 million people do not have access to clean water, regularly. Around 2.7 billion people don’t have sanitation to acceptable standards. With the world’s population expected to rise from 7 to 10 billion by the end of this century, the wastage of water in some areas is more than just a major worry.

Too many people around the world are using contaminated water for their cooking and drinking. A further lack of water makes many people fail to look after their personal hygiene sufficiently. There are many preventable diseases like cholera and dysentery that should have been eradicated from our planet by now, but illnesses like trachoma still exist, having already blinded 6 million people.

The demand for water continues to grow at the same time the groundwater depletion has doubled since 1960. The United Nations General assembly has agreed that everyone on the planet should have access to the necessary 20 to 50 L of water that is required for each person every day. The difference between access to good quality water and poor water hygiene standards can be the difference between life and death.

If everyone were able to stop wasting two or three litres of water a day, perhaps one day we won’t need to talk about water wastage ever again.

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UK coffee week 2013 – What’s it all about?

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This year UK Coffee Week ran from the 2228 April and brought together a variety of product offerings, activities and public events (including the London Coffee Festival) – all in aid of Project Waterfall.

Project Waterfall aims to improve the lives of those living in African coffee-growing countries by giving them better access to clean water through hygiene and sanitisation. Sickness from unclean water is a constant threat for places like Tanzania, where only 54% of the population have access to a clean water source. Even then, these people sometimes have to walk up to 2 hours a day just to reach a clean source of water. So really, this week is in aid of a fantastic cause.

Coffee@Work

UK Coffee Week launched in 2011 and has grown considerably since then. In 2012 over 300 thousand people were involved from supporters and sponsors to fundraisers and organisers. The flagship initiative of the UK Coffee Week is Coffee@Work, which encourages workplaces who enjoy coffee as part of their working day to fundraise for Project Waterfall – the workplace initiative is sponsored by popular coffee brand Kenco.

In addition to the Coffee@Work initiative there are a variety of other ways to fundraise during the week; consumers are asked to make a voluntary 5p donation when they purchase coffee at participating vendors, participating coffee operators offer to match consumer donations as well as making their own corporate donations and participating venues offer spaces to hold fundraising events such as bake sales and karaoke nights.

Coffee@Work ties in nicely with Eden Springs’s WellBeing and Energy@Work initiatives, which stress the value of drinks and beverages at work for motivation, energy and health.

London’s coffee fest

UK Coffee Week happily coincides with the London Coffee Festival which takes place from the 2528 April this year. The Festival celebrates London’s thriving coffee scene and brings together coffee enthusiasts, professional baristas, independent coffee shop owners and coffee experts to share their experiences and love of coffee. There are also coffee/food matchings, a scientific coffee lab, demonstrations and live entertainment throughout the festival.

You can get the ball rolling for 2014’s UK Coffee Week by organising a Kenco coffee machine for your office and requesting a Coffee@Work sign-up pack. Don’t just let coffee be your guilty pleasure – make it count!

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Meningitis Research Foundation say thanks for Eden water donation

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As part of our ongoing and very popular ‘free water for fundraisers’ initiative we donated bottled water for a couple of the Meningitis Research Foundation’s fantastic fundraising events:

A huge thank you to Eden Springs for generously donating 200 bottles of water for use at two major fundraising events. Our Grand Ball held in London in March raised £37,815 and our annual student collection in April raised a further £31,220.19. The money raised from both these events will allow us to continue our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia and support those affected by them.

Mike Taylor, Head of Fundraising
Meningitis Research Foundation 

Very impressive fundraising figures I’m sure you’ll agree! Well done to everybody involved and we’re delighted to have helped such a great cause.

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Celebrating World Water Day

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World Water Day is held on 22 March every year to celebrate fresh water, reaffirm its importance, and help develop the sustainable management of water resources across the world.

As a beverage company we’re clearly heavily involved in water and hydration, and our charity efforts extend into helping provide drinking water to Tanzania through the PeopleHelpPeople – One World initiative as well as helping charity fundraisers with free water closer to home in the UK.

Access to clean and safe drinking water is correctly seen as an important human right, and the day aims to increase awareness of the difficulties huge numbers face in accessing this vital resource. Millions of people across the globe are forced to drink dirty water daily in order to survive, causing disease, ill-health and suffering.

The day has been celebrated since 1993, following a United Nations Conference on Environment and Development recommendation the previous year. The theme for 2013’s event is the “International Year of Water Cooperation”.

You can follow World Water Day initiative on Twitter with #waterday, or see pictures and donate at waterday.org

 

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A thank you letter for our water donation

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Eden Springs were delighted to receive the following thank you letter from the Birmingham Community Gospel Choir in recognition of our donation of water to their uplifting ‘Gospel Goes Charity’ event during November. We always love to hear positive feedback from our free water for fundraisers initiative and even better if we can see some pictures of the water going to good use!

If you’d like to apply for free water for your charity event go to our Facebook page.

Eden provide water for charity fundraisers

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Eden Springs’ campaign to provide water to fantastic charity fundraising events continued in 2012, and will be running again in 2013! You can apply for water for your charity event through our Facebook page.

Here are a couple of recent picture highlights from our 2012 donations:

 

Meningitis UK Big Stroll

“Thanks again to all at Eden Springs for providing us with the bottled water – it was very well received by our thirsty walkers!”

Gemma Langley– meningitisuk.org UK Big Stroll

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Rhondda Santa Fun-Run

The Rhondda Santa Fun-run – organised by the Mending Broken Hearts Fundraising Group RCT in partnership with the British Heart Foundation Cymru – got everyone in the Christmas spirit with a run around splendid Gellgaled Park in Rhondda, Wales.

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FREE COFFEE for the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

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Exclusively for Eden Springs customers – 28 September 2012

The Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is just a couple of days away, and we’ve been offering free Kenco coffee morning packs exclusively to our valued Eden Springs customers in order to help them raise money for this wonderful cause. We’ve had a great response so far and fortunately have sourced around 20 additional packs, and there’s not long left to claim yours!

The pack contains:

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  • 100 cups
  • 100g Kenco Millicano wholebean instant coffee
  • 500g Kenco smooth instant
  • Sugar sticks and stirrers
  • Posters and promotional items

Wowzer – that’s a lot of great Kenco coffee and coffee equipment! There’s really not long to go so if you’d like to get your hands on a fundraising coffee morning pack from Eden Springs make sure you apply immediately!
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Eden donates water to Eikon night ride

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Eden Springs were delighted to provide a donation of free water for the Eikon charity’s participants in the Nightrider event 2012, in which 50 cyclists – including Princess Eugenie and Ben Fogle – took part in a moonlight night-time cycle route passing London’s major landmarks.

It’s important to stay hydrated at night when you might not normally be active, and thankfully the event was a great success and Eikon fundraisers helped raise around £18,000 in sponsorship. A huge well done to everybody involved!

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Hydrating Team Macmillan at the Virgin London Marathon

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Joe McDermott, Challenge Events Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, describes the experience of the 2012 London Marathon and support from Eden Springs water

On the morning of 22 April 2012, 850 Team Macmillan runners lined up at the start line of the London Marathon in Blackheath and Greenwich, ready to take on the challenge they have been preparing for over the last six months of their lives. Each and every one of runners in their green Macmillan vests – whether it was for a close personal reason or just that they have admired the charity’s work – will have spent just as much time fundraising as training for the run (the London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event in the world), something that Macmillan is keen to repay when it comes around to Marathon week itself.

As well as all of the top notch training and nutritional advice given to every Macmillan runner, in the week before the event Team Macmillan staff are on hand at the London Marathon Expo to give some last minute advice and encouragement to all of the runners who drop by the Macmillan stand and put on a Pasta Party the night before so runners can stock up on those vital carbs.

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Hydration and recovery on the big day

On the big day itself, eight cheer points are set up along the route in order to give Team Macmillan runners a motivational boost along the course. Over 400 volunteers come out to the cheer points to support the team, so each cheer point is provided with banger sticks, foam hands and Macmillan t-shirts to be as visible and noisy as possible for the runners! The glug of water kindly provided by Eden Springs is also gratefully received at the cheer points as voices start to get hoarse!

Perhaps the peak of the support given to the runners on the day is at the Team Macmillan Recovery Centre. Runners can stagger here once their marathon journey is complete, to be greeted by a massive round of applause and a massage to help those tired legs recover. There are plenty of refreshments on hand too so runners can stock up on depleted energy levels. Here, too, the Eden Springs bottled water is invaluable to ensure none of the runners succumb to dehydration – especially vital on a day when it was much warmer than expected given the amounts of rain the London Marathon was sandwiched between.

All in all, the 2012 London Marathon managed to smash new records for Macmillan, with a record sized team hopefully raising a record amount of money for Macmillan Cancer Support, ensuring that people across the UK continue to receive emotional, medical, practical and financial support to people affected by cancer across the UK. With the 2013 ballot filling in less than 24 hours, 2013 promises more of the same – visit macmillan.org.uk/londonmarathon for more details.