06th July 2018
Weekly dry weather update: 6 July 2018
Water is always a precious resource and we encourage our customers to use it wisely, whatever the weather. This not only helps the environment but also helps to keep customer bills down.
Our total reservoir storage is 81.5% compared to 75.8% at this time last year, but with the prolonged dry weather we are closely monitoring the situation.
Demand is higher than normal for this time of year due to the heatwave. During hot weather we can see demand increase by around 100 megalitres (100,000,000 litres) a day compared to normal. We have increased production at our 29 water treatment works to meet this demand but during peak periods some customers may experience changes in their water pressure.
Rob Scarrott, Head of Environment, said: “We’re working hard behind the scenes to meet the increased demand for water during the heatwave.
“Our customers can help to ensure there is plenty to go round by using water wisely and minimising wastage, particularly in the garden, which typically accounts for much of the additional demand we see during hot weather.”
The company is sharing its top tips for saving water in the garden and the home, which also saves money for customers on a meter:
In the garden:
- Use a watering can instead of a hose
- If your garden needs watering, do so early morning or evening to reduce evaporation
- Use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose to clean your car (or leave it for another week – it’s only going to get dusty!)
- Use any remaining water from your water butt first
In the home:
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
- Keep a jug of water in the fridge so you don’t have to run your tap cold
- Use a bowl for washing up / rinsing fruit and veg – then use this water for plants
- Have a shower instead of a bath
- Only use your dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load (this will save money on your energy bills too)
- Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need (this will save energy too)
- Fix leaking taps and toilets
See website for information: https://www.southwestwater.co.uk/water-advice-and-services/start-saving-water-today/ and https://www.southwestwater.co.uk/reservoirlevels
For further information please contact:
South West Water
Published: 6 July 2018