For those of us who work in the Llanberis valley, Llyn Padarn is a significant feature in our lives. The livelihoods of many people in the area are closely linked to the well being of the lake. Many aspects of how we live and work have a direct impact on the health of the lake.
Simple changes to some aspects of how we work can make a big difference to Llyn Padarn.
You can be a Loving our Lake supporter by;
Switching to a phosphate-free dishwasher detergent
Phosphates in dishwasher tablets are a problem for Llyn Padarn. When phosphates enter the water they become nutrients or food for algae, the algae feast and multiply. In certain conditions this leads to toxic algal blooms threatening wildlife and preventing us all from enjoying the lake.
Most dishwasher detergents contain at least 30% phosphates, the only way you can be sure that none of this ends up in Llyn Padarn is to change to a phosphate free brand.
If you use a automated dosing industrial dishwashing machine:
environmentalsupplies.co.uk offer a range of environmentally friendly products for hospitality businesses, including phosphate free dishwash detergent as trialled and loved by Loving Our Lake friends, at the Gallt y Glyn (restaurant with accommodation). Learn more about what they have done in this in this video
Special Offer for Loving Our Lake Supporters
Environmental Supplies are offering a 5% discount for orders under £100 and 10% discount + free delivery for orders over £100.
Please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or FREEPHONE on 0800 808 7887, stating you are a ‘Loving Our Lake’ supporter.
If you use a domestic dishwasher, look out for the following products:
Ecover, 19p per wash, available in Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose
If you shop online lookout for the following products;
Simply, 18p per wash, available from simplywashing.com
All of the above are cheaper than other leading brands!
Emptying your septic tank every 1-2 years
The following contractors empty septic tanks in the Llanberis area;
Eifion Hughes, 01286 672 816
Have you registered your septic tank? For most people this is free and a one-off registration, subject to certain criteria. You can choose to register online, by email or by post. Go to the Environment Agency website for more details.
As part of the Loving our Lake project we have created ‘Looking After your septic tank: A guide and logbook for householders’. You download your own copy here.