29In the CommunityBroadland News Spring 2012All young people need somewhereto_ do the things they love We're here to help those who don't have that space or place. How? By opening up spaces and connecting young people with local space-holders, via our website, regional coordinators, competitions, events and more. It really can be almost anything (within arts, sports and culture), maybe you need somewhereto_ to exhibit, to publish, to draw, to screen, to think, to install, to practice, to perform, to create, to promote, to run, to... if you need a space to do it then somewhereto_ is the place to go!There is a constantly growing selection of spaces available on the website, but even if you cannot see a space up there like the one you would like, we can still help. Once you put a request in for a space we start searching for what you want. If there is a space up there, but it's in the wrong area, we can look for a space like that but in the right area.To get started on your somewhereto_ journey it is as simple as going to www.somewhereto.com and telling us who you are, where you are, what you are passionate or interested in and the kinds of space you would be looking for. This then goes directly to your regional coordinator and they will be in contact within 72 hours.To keep in the loop of what's going on with somewhereto_ in the east you can find us on twitter @somewhereto_EST or have a look at the somewhereto_ facebook pageSome useful datesDiary dates 2012Acle Parish Hall FARMA Every 2nd Saturday of each month 9am - 1pm Aylsham Market Place FARMA Every 1st and 3rd Saturday each month 9am - 1pm Spixworth Village Hall Every 3rd Saturday of each month, 9.30am - 12.30pmSt Andrew's Centre, Thunder Lane, Thorpe St Andrew Last Friday of each month 9.30am - 1pm Broadland Farmers' MarketsIf you're 16-25 and your passion is within the arts, sport or culture - we can help you find a suitable space.Holiday flights from Norwich - on the up! Early bookings for summer 2012 holiday flights from Norwich International have out performed the UK market according to the latest sales data just released. The figures indicate a fantastic year on year increase in passengers booked to the end of January. With some routes being over 50% up against a UK market which is reported to be down 14%. The best performing destinations are Bulgaria, Madeira and Turkey with one in June already 80% sold and another reporting double the number of passengers booked compared to sales at this stage last year. In addition the new scheduled routes to Exeter, Isle of Man, Newquay and Southampton recently launched by Loganair/Flybe are all performing ahead of expectation with excellent early sales. Andrew Bell, the airport's Chief Executive commented: "The appeal of flying from your local airport cannot be underestimated as these early booking figures indicate. Given the current economic climate it is very pleasing for sales to be significantly ahead of this time last year and we are delighted to work with leading tour operators and airlines to bring some of the most popular destinations to the holidaymakers in East Anglia."For the full schedule of flights from Norwich please visit www.norwichinternational.com
30Environment Agency How is your sewage treated?Many homes are connected to the mains sewer and get a bill from Anglian Water for treating this waste. Over the last few years Anglian Water has been removing phosphate at its larger sewage treatment plants; this has lowered the amount of phosphate entering the Broads and rivers. However, there are many households who do not have mains sewage available and use either a package treatment plant or septic tank.A package treatment plant is a more sophisticated unit than a septic tank, needs an electrical supply and often has some equipment above ground, such as a pump or a raised cover. Treatment plants can drain to a watercourse provided that the plant is maintained properly but this liquid does still contain some phosphate. A septic tank (see diagram below) is usually a two or three chamber system, which allows the solids to form into sludge at the bottom of the tank. Septic tanks must drain into the land, not into a watercourse.Do you have a septic tank or package sewage treatment plant?If the answer is yes, then the Environment Agency needs your help to improve the water quality in the rivers and Broads near your Norfolk home. There are several Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Norfolk that do not currently have good enough river water quality to fully support their fantastic wildlife. Please see map on opposite page. The water quality near these SSSIs is generally very good apart from the level of phosphate (a nutrient) which is too high. We need your help to put this right. High phosphate leads to algae growth which prevents light reaching through the water and uses up oxygen, affecting the water creatures. Phosphate comes from several sources including: dishwasher and laundry detergents added to soften and hold dirt in the wash water; human sewage and animal manures or fertilisers washing off fields and yards. Several initiatives such as Catchment Sensitive Farming are underway to reduce these problems.. . . . . . . . . . We need your help to improvewww.environment-agency.gov.uk How can you reduce the phosphate coming out of your septic tank or package treatment plant?1. Have your tank emptied regularly (at least once a year) to avoid a build up of sludge. A proportion of phosphate settles out into the sludge. If this sludge is not removed then the volume of the tank is reduced, therefore, more untreated sewage will pass out into the soakaway, carrying phosphate and solids with it. Solids in a soakaway can also cause blockages which are expensive to fix. When choosing a de-sludging contractor, please ensure that they will dispose of the sludge responsibly and safely, preferably to the nearest sewage treatment works.2. Check that your septic tank is not connected into the watercourse.Septic tanks do not clean the sewage sufficiently for it to directly enter a watercourse. If your tank pipes water straight to a watercourse, please consult a drainage expert to stop this. You would be breaking the law if you allow this situation to continue. One symptom of septic tank liquid entering a watercourse is smelly black/grey strands of 'sewage fungus' in the water.3. Choose environmentally friendly detergent brands with no phosphate at all.They're out there on the shelves if you look for them. Watch for the word PHOSPHATE on the side of each packet. Phosphate is sometimes called sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP). Aim for less than 5% if you can.4. Use less detergent.Reducing the amount going into the system will reduce the amount coming out. Even if you do use detergents with phosphate in them, you can still help the environment by using the minimum amount recommended on the pack, and of course still get good results.5. Buy laundry liquids or powders instead of tablets.Laundry liquids tend to contain less phosphate than laundry tablets.6. Minimise bleach and disinfectant use.Both septic tanks and package treatment plants are biological systems that rely on micro-organisms. Using too much bleach or other powerful cleaning agents can kill these micro-organisms.7. Keep roof water out of your sewerage system.Rainwater from the roof is clean and doesn't need treatment. If large volumes of rainwater are put into septic tanks they can wash out solids into the soakaway. Roof water should be discharged to a separate soakaway or to a watercourse.8. Do not put solid items such as nappies and sanitary items down the sewerage system.They often block the system, leading to sewage overflowing into gardens and bad smells! Bag it and bin it!