When rain falls it’s our job to capture, store, transport and treat this precious resource. Our water resources are strictly managed to make sure we always have enough supply to match demand.
Below are some of the types of water resources that we manage.
We own 23 reservoirs in Devon and Cornwall. Reservoirs are incredibly important in keeping us sustainable. Pipes run from the reservoirs to water treatment works, providing them with water all year round. When we need to abstract water from the rivers, we make sure there's enough available by releasing water from reservoirs. This means there’s plenty of water for wildlife to live in after we’ve taken what we need.
When it rains, water seeps into the ground. Depending on the geology of an area, some of the water is held within the rocks – this is groundwater. We can access this water by pumping it up through boreholes. Some of it emerges from the ground as springs from which we capture water in chambers and pipes. Collected groundwater is sent to the treatment works for processing.
On the Isles of Scilly, the sea also acts as a source of water. There's a desalination plant there where seawater is treated to remove the salt. This water is then transported for final treatment at the water treatment works. We’re excited about introducing desalination on the mainland too.
During the hosepipe ban, we were busy increasing the resilience of our water network to help better secure our water resources for the future. These are just some of the improvements we made during that time.
Water is a precious resource. We don’t like wasting water, and we’re doing a lot of work to stop leakage and reduce our operational consumption of water.