Beatle Ringo encourages us to save water
29, May 2012
Ringo Starr formally opened the WaterAid garden at the Chelsea Flower Show and used the opportunity to take a swipe at the water companies who, in failing to fix leaks, allow water to go to waste.
The former Beatle who has been associated with WaterAid since 2003 said: "In this country, we take water for granted - the water companies just let it leak away. It’s shameful. In many parts of the world one bucket of clean water can keep a family going for two days."
The garden, known as The Herbert Smith Garden for WaterAid, went on to win a Silver Award.
Barbara Frost, chief executive of WaterAid, said: "The garden aims to highlight the impact of WaterAid’s work – demonstrating the importance of safe water to drink, improved hygiene and sanitation for the world’s poorest people.
"In Zambia, Herbert Smith’s continued support is helping us transform lives with access to these basic services. We’re so thrilled to have Ringo Starr’s support, his involvement will help promote WaterAid’s work at the show, which attracts 157,000 visitors each year."
It’s also good to hear Ringo highlight the shameful waste of water in this country. It’s up to all of us to do what we can to save water, but perhaps the water companies could take the initiative and lead by example?