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15 June 23
Local water supplier, Affinity Water is urging customers to be mindful of their water use as the warmer weather approaches this week and is likely to stay over the next week.
Most of us are happy when summer arrives, but we also don’t realise it’s the most dangerous time for our local rivers and streams which is where most of your drinking and household water comes from.
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Harris said:
“Temperatures will rise later this week and into the weekend, with a plume of warm air being drawn in from the south. Temperatures over the weekend could peak around 30°C in some parts of England and remain well above average during night-times.”
High temperatures mean people using more water at exactly the time when supply is at its lowest. As most of the water we use comes from our local environment, that means our local waterways are in real danger of drying up.
That’s why Affinity Water are asking you for help. They’re not saying you can’t have fun, and they’re definitely not saying that you shouldn’t be using water. But they are asking you to be mindful of your water use, and make sure you’re not wasting water.
Keith Haslett, CEO of Affinity Water says,
“The summer of 2022 was exceptionally hot and dry, substantially increasing demand for water, and we’re grateful for your support to use water wisely during this time. The weather last year resulted in below average water resource levels for the time of year. The wet autumn, winter and spring saw our resources recover, with groundwater levels now above average and well above where they were last spring. This means that it’s very unlikely that we would need to introduce a temporary use ban (or hosepipe ban) this year. Despite this, it’s important to continue saving water all year round.”
Significant increases in demand during hot weather can also cause low pressure issues in your home. Just like at home, if you’re showering and someone else is using the tap or flushes the toilet you might notice the pressure is lower. The same thing can happen on a bigger scale. So, when lots of people in your area are using water at the same time (e.g. first thing in the morning or in the evening), this can affect the pressure coming through your taps.
There are small changes that you can make that can have a massive impact not only on your own water supply, but for your local environment too.
Affinity Water are taking this step to make sure there’s enough water available for everyone for essential use, and to reduce the amount of water that they need to take from already stressed water sources, so that they can protect the environment.
Affinity Water are asking for your help to waste less water – a few small changes can really make a big difference. They’re asking to be more mindful and help to use water wisely - which can also save you time, money and protect our environment at the same time. It will also help reduce your energy bills, so you’ll be cutting your carbon footprint down too.
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