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Weekly dry weather update: 16 August 2018

16th August 2018

Our customers have been helping save water this summer. South West Water is inviting customers to share their tips for saving water in the garden to be in with a chance of winning one of 30 free water butts.

To enter, customers need to “like” the post on South West Water’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/southwestwater) and submit a water-saving tip.

Some of the advice shared by green-fingered customers so far includes:

  • Using washing up water, cooking water and bath water on plants
  • Leaving watering cans and buckets out when it rains to collect rainwater
  • Collecting water while waiting for it to run hot / cold and using it on the garden
  • Using plenty of mulch (eg grass cuttings) on flowerbeds to preserve moisture
  • Watering the garden with fish tank water when changing the water – apparently fish poo is a great fertiliser!

South West Water’s Head of Environment, Rob Scarrott, said: “Despite some recent rain, this summer has been very dry and warm. We want to thank all our customers for their support so far in helping save water. This helps save money but also leaves more in the environment.

“Gardening typically accounts for much of the additional demand we see over the summer, and this is where collectively we can all help conserve supplies. The more water we all save now the more will be left for the rest of the summer.

“Overall reservoir storage is at a satisfactory level but we are still asking customers to use water wisely. Small changes in water use make a big difference when multiplied by the millions of people we serve.”

The competition closes 31st August and we’ll be picking 30 winners at random. You must be a South West Water customer to win.

Customers without a Facebook account can send their top water-saving tip for the garden via post to Communications water-saving tips competition, South West Water, Peninsula House, Rydon Lane, Exeter, EX2 7HR.

The company is sharing its own top tips for saving water in the garden and the home, which also saves money for customers on a meter. See www.southwestwater.co.uk/water-wise/

Notes to editors 

  • Water is always a precious resource and we encourage our customers to use it wisely, whatever the weather. This helps to keep customer bills down and protects the environment.
  • Our total reservoir storage is 64.8% compared to 73.4% at this time last year.
  • Levels in our smaller, local reservoirs reflect the ongoing lack of rainfall and increased demand for water but we are closely monitoring the situation and supplementing these sources using our three largest, strategic reservoirs – Wimbleball, Roadford and Colliford. This is normal operating practice.
  • Since 1996 (the last year the South West Water region had water restrictions), we have reduced leakage from the pipe network by 40% and achieved our leakage targets.
  • Over 80% of domestic customers now have meters (compared with 8% in 1995). Customers who switch to a meter tend to use 15% less water as a result.
  • We have invested heavily to secure supplies and been innovative in ways of increasing our reservoir storage, for example converting two former clay pits in Cornwall at Park and Stannon. We have also invested in pump storage schemes at Wimbleball and Colliford to improve resilience.

For further information please contact:

South West Water