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but is it as good as our spring water?

but is it as good as our spring water?


We have no mains water supply on the island, so all our water is captured from a spring and from a borehole. We have in excess of 130,000 litres of water storage, four pumping stations and nine separate UV and mechanical filtration units. As you can imagine, the monitoring, testing and maintenance takes both time and money.

But where would we be without water? If Kerrera is going to thrive and grow, there will be more people living and visiting the island. Consequently there will need to be even more careful management of the available water sources.

Water storage on site is now in excess of 130,000 litres

Water storage on site is now in excess of 130,000 litres

Since purchasing the marina in 2017, the owners have…

  • Invested over £30,000 in a bore hole, water storage tanks, metering and disinfection systems.

  • Repaired roofs and guttering to capture rain for use in washing equipment and boats (so drinking water is not wasted)

In the future there will need to be either more storage or a mains water supply. The former will cost the business money and take up space we could use for business activities, the latter would reduce some of the costs of doing business. No prizes for guessing which we would prefer.

Power and Fuel

This is what we are currently doing to manage our usage of fuel and energy:

Take regular electricity readings at various parts of the business so we can understand our current usage and monitor efforts to reduce it going forward.

Kerrera’s first nuclear power plant. south island tunnels, 1965 (just kidding)

Kerrera’s first nuclear power plant. south island tunnels, 1965 (just kidding)

Timers on the showers, heaters and laundry facilities help us conserve electricity (and water).

More efficient light bulbs (LEDs where practicable) are being installed on a rolling programme.

We deliberately run our ferries at the most efficient speed for the conditions to save fuel.

We are looking into bio diesel production and ways in which we can process contaminated diesel, cooking and other oils into useable fuels.

Gas on the island is bottled. The difficulties involved in bringing gas to the island make us as frugal as we can be with the stuff. (See the logistics pages here.)

The marina itself does not use solid fuels but there are dwellings on the island that do and we do help with the logistics of bringing large and heavy loads to the island.

Best avoided.

Best avoided.

Waste Management

The marina pays a commercial rate for its bins to be collected. We also pay employees to sort waste and stock pile it at busy times. Although an added expense to the business, sorting and stock piling waste has reduced the number of full bins transported off the island and opened up the possibility or recycling a variety of materials that would have previously gone to landfill.

In the summer season of 2017 the marina transported approximately 312 bins of general waste to the mainland.

By the end of this summer, 2019, the marina will have transported few than 150 bins of general waste and somewhere in the region of 30 to 40 recycling bins of cardboard, plastics and tins to the mainland. We will have achieved this by:

surely we can do something with old cardboard?

surely we can do something with old cardboard?

  • Manually compacting general waste. (Let’s not transport air to the mainland. They have enough).

  • Removing plastics, cardboard and tin from general waste.

  • Encouraging clients to crush tins and plastic bottles, and doing it for them when they forget. (Again, let’s not fill up the recycling bins with air.)

  • Dry storing recyclable materials in our sheds until there is space in the recycling bins for them to be transported. (We have spare capacity outside our peak busy periods and we are over capacity in our busy periods).

Recycling and Waste Management are high on our agenda for 2019-2020.

There is a certain amount we have achieved already. For example we have never offered bottled water in plastic bottles and never will. We have reduced our use of glass by removing some bottled products from the restaurant and increased the range of draught beers available.

We already use Ecover cleaning products when possible and have changed over to compostable doggy poop bags and biodegradable and compostable refuse and waste bags.

We are supporters of Sea-Changers - a small charity supporting marine conservation projects in the UK.

Going forwards, we will be pushing for…

  • Even more crushing and compacting of waste.

  • Even more separation of waste products and reduced contamination.

  • Better understanding of the recycling opportunities available locally.

  • More efficient recycling of glass and cardboard.

  • Recycling of our cooking oil into biodiesel.

  • Increased use of compostable and bio-degradable materials where possible.