This summer, like the last, is probably going to be a little different, with more of us at home and lots of us choosing staycations.
As temperatures rise, so does the demand for water. Our teams work around the clock to make sure our essential service gets to taps in the heat, but if we all use our hoses or taps at the same time we simply won't be able to get clean water to everyone.
There are a few changes we can all make to ensure everyone gets what they need.
If we swap hosepipes for super-soakers, re-use the paddling pool water and water plants out of hours, we'll all be able to keep cool and enjoy the summer.
The below map shows the weekly water situation across our region. We'll update it regularly to keep you in the loop.
Weekly water report
Last week (week commencing 26 July)
As you can see from the graph below, the hot weather had a big impact and water demand was well above average for most of the week. However, as cooler temperatures arrived over the weekend water demand decreased.
Week ahead (week commencing 02 August)
The cooler, wetter weather is set to continue through the week and into the weekend, but there’s still lots of ways to save water at home this summer.
Try taking a shorter shower, using your dishwasher/ washing machine on a full load, and make sure your water butts are ready to collect the rain for drier days.
If we all make a few simple swaps we can continue to make sure there’s enough water for everyone throughout the summer holidays.
Why we need you to save water
We had a good wet winter and water levels are healthy, but the increased demand for water during hot weather puts huge pressure on our network.
The animation below shows how, just like a motorway can get congested, so can our water pipes. It isn't that there isn't enough water to go around. It's that the demand is so high when it's hot we can't get the water treated and back to your taps quick enough. This means some customers may experience low pressure or, if we're not all sensible with our water use, no water at all.
Quite simply, if we don't all make sensible choices and are not water smart, there won't be enough to go round.
We don't want to call time on a fun-filled summer, so let's...
💧 Swap sprinklers for supersoakers
💧 Leave the lawn to go golden
💧 Re-use paddling pool water (and only fill it up on cloudy days)
💧 Water plants out of hours
💧 Keep the hot tub clean so you don’t have to keep changing the water
💧 Not wash the car (a little dirt won’t hurt)
Like free stuff? You'll love these water saving devices from our partner website Save Water, Save Money...
Dry weather plan
Occasionally droughts can happen. That's why it's important we're all prepared for when they do.
Our dry weather plan (formerly called our drought plan) sets out the steps we would take during periods of low rainfall to ensure we can deliver a reliable water supply for the essential needs of drinking, washing, cooking and cleaning. To find out more or give feedback on our latest draft plan, click on the link below.