It’s not just temperatures that have been soaring over the past month – so has our demand for water with latest figures suggesting water companies are pumping out an extra 2.25 billion litres every day.
The increase in use has been fuelled by the driest May since records began and compounded by the fact more of us are spending time at home during the coronavirus outbreak. The sunshine has given many of us a lift during lockdown but it’s important to think about our precious water resources and the environment we take if from too.
Although there is currently enough water to go round, companies across many parts of the country have struggled to pipe it out quick enough as we seek ways to cool off and spend more time tending to gardens.
The threat of restrictions this summer remains a long way off but we can all help reduce the risk further by taking small steps to save water in the home and garden which could pay dividends now and later in the year.
You might also save money on your water bill if you’re a metered customer.
Here are some of our top tips to save – whatever the weather.
In the home
- Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth – that will save about 6 litres a minute.
- Shave a minute of your shower time – shortening your shower can save a bucketful of water. Try and keep it to around four minutes – you could create a playlist to help you keep track of time.
- Avoid using the half-load settings on dishwashers and washing machines. They use more than half the energy and water of a full load.
- Don’t run the tap until the water has cooled – keep a jug of water in the fridge for instantly cold drinks instead. Try adding fruit or mint for some extra flavour.
In the garden
- Reach for the watering can instead of the hose and aim to water your plants right at the roots.
- Water your garden during the coolest parts of the day – either first thing in the morning or during the evening. You’ll lose less to evaporation.
- Root out any weeds in your flowerbeds – they steal the water and nutrients from other plants.
- If you’re keeping your cool with a paddling pool, reuse the water on your garden once you’re finished.
- Don’t be afraid of a brown lawn – grass will recover quickly when the rain returns.
- Be proud of your dusty car. If you are desperate to see it sparkle, clean it with a bucket and sponge.
You’ll find more tips on your water company’s website or our water-saving section.