South West Water has been producing an extra 54 million litres of water a day on average to meet the increased demand from customers across Devon and Cornwall as a result of the heatwave, and is asking customers to use water wisely.
The region’s water usage has been steadily increasing over the week and is expected to rise even further as residents and holidaymakers continue to enjoy the sunshine and high temperatures.
Production has been increased by more than 20% at the company’s 29 water treatment works.
While the region’s reservoir levels are healthy, South West Water is asking customers to reduce the amount of water wasted to ensure there is plenty for everyone.
Rob Scarrott, Head of Environment, said: “Water is always a precious resource and we encourage our customers to use it wisely, whatever the weather. This not only helps the environment but also helps to keep customer bills down.
“With the rise in temperatures we’ve seen a big increase in demand for water. Our reservoirs have plenty stored but demand is higher than normal and we’ve increased production to meet that demand.
“To help us keep up with demand we’re asking customer to use water wisely and minimise wastage.”
The company is sharing its top 10 tips for saving water in the home and garden, which also saves money for customers on a meter:
Rob added: “Being waterwise is about making small changes that make a real difference when lots of people join in.
“Last but not least, make sure you stay hydrated during this wonderful weather – take a reusable bottle filled with tap water when out and about.”
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