Cambridge City Council's Liberal Democrat opposition have proposed measures aimed at reducing water consumption across the city’s 7000 council homes in their amendment to next year’s housing budget.
Housing spokesperson Cllr Anthony Martinelli commented “We know there is intense pressure on water in our region, which is one of the driest in the county. One way the Council can help is by ensuring the homes we operate permit tenants to conserve water effectively. That’s why we are proposing a new project which would start the process of transforming our water footprint.
“We want the Council to work towards increased installation of water-saving devices and solutions like greywater recycling. Recent years have seen prolonged drought in East Anglia - yet another clear sign that we cannot delay action to improve our city’s sustainability.
“We hope the Council will agree to play its part in protecting the River Cam and the unique ecosystems of our region's chalk streams for future generations.”
The Liberal Democrat alternative housing budget also includes increased funding to review repairs standards, with a recent Council report having shown that complaints about council house maintenance have doubled over the past two years, and an extension of measures focused on reducing energy use to combat the climate crisis.