After weeks of hot, dry weather, demand for water increased by 1,421 megalitres (1,421,000,000 litres) during July. While we're working hard behind the scenes to meet this prolonged demand, you can help by making the South West water wise this summer.

Small changes in water use make a big difference when multiplied by the millions of people we serve. 

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

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