Lots of us are are spending more time at home. Because of this – and the warm weather we're enjoying – demand for water has rocketed.
Our key workers continue to work around the clock, but we're asking everyone to help us by taking simple steps, such as not watering lawns, reusing paddling pool water and only using dishwashers and washing machines on full loads to help make sure there is enough water for everyone.
We've been treating and pumping an additional 78 million litres of water a day through our network. But more water is being used on DIY projects and gardening which is contributing to the additional 14% of water we're treating and pumping through our network.
Garden sprinklers alone use as much water in an hour as a family of six uses in a day, which contributes to an increased demand of 70% on hot days.
This extra water use puts an increasing strain on the extensive network of pipes, pumping stations and treatment works we look after and it can lead to low pressure or a loss of water for some customers at times of peak demand such as the early evening.
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Top tips to save water in the garden:
- Top up the paddling pool instead of refilling it every day. When you're finished, use the water on your plants and grass so none goes to waste
- Invest in a water butt for your garden and use the harvested water on your plants (they grow better with rain water and you'll save money on your water bill too)
- Remember – brown lawns bounce back
- Water your pots and hanging baskets either early in the morning or during the evening to reduce evaporation in the midday sun
- If you’re potting up or planting containers, use ones made from plastic, glazed terracotta or wood. These tend to lose less water than bare terracotta
- Bury a short length of pipe into your pot; if you water into the tube the water goes directly to the roots where the plant needs it most
- Use mulches like bark chips or gravel to retain moisture and keep weeds down
Top tips to save water in the home:
- Only use dishwashers and washing machines of full loads
- Take a shower instead of a bath
- If you do use a bath, use less water
- Fix dripping taps and leaky loos
Did you know?
Hoses and sprinklers can use up to 1,000 litres of water an hour – as much as a family of six uses in a DAY. Use a watering can instead to save water and cash.