Drought-busting firm is an award-winner

Hunt's Coaches of Alford has won a Green Award for its drought-beating technology.
Hunt's Coaches of Alford has won a Green Award for its drought-beating technology.

A COACH company’s award-winning attitude towards water-usage has protected it from the troublesome effects of the current drought and resultant hosepipe ban.

While many businesses and organisations are struggling to water plants, clean equipment and carry out other essential tasks involving hosepipes, Hunt’s Coaches of Alford has been able to continue washing its fleet of buses as normal.

Several years ago the firm implemented a rainwater harvesting system by linking large containers, formerly used for storing biofuel to the building’s drainage system.

The innovative and eco-friendly design enables Hunt’s to store up to 11,000 litres of rainwater which it can fill after a good night’s rain, providing enough water to wash its entire fleet of 21 buses every day.

Employee Joe Hunt said: “The amount of water we get from it saves us no end of money and it doesn’t take that long to fill up.

“Lots of other businesses have roof space they could use in the same way, and with the current hospeipe ban and economic situation I think many businesses could benefit from it, the same way we have.”

Hunt’s won a Green Award for its rainwater system and other environmentally friendly policies several years ago.