New figures released by South West Water show how demand for water skyrocketed in July, following a month of near record-breaking temperatures.
The company produced an extra 1,624 megalitres of water (1,624,000,000 litres – the equivalent of 650 Olympic-sized swimming pools) during the month compared to 2017.
Rob Scarrott, Head of Environment, said: “Demand for water during July peaked on Wednesday 25, when we produced 554 megalitres – compared to 486 megalitres on 25 July 2017.
“The biggest difference between July 2017 and 2018 was on 15 July, when we produced an extra 86 megalitres this year compared to last year, an increase of 21 per cent.
“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes during the recent prolonged period of hot and dry weather, staffing a number of our key treatment works 24 hours a day to meet the increased demand for water.
“We are also putting a lot of additional resource into detecting and repairing leaks, which have increased due to the hot, dry weather – as the ground dries and contracts it pulls pipes out of alignment.
“Overall reservoir storage is at a satisfactory level but we are still asking customers to use water wisely to help conserve supplies. The more water we all save now the more will be left for the rest of the summer.”
The company is sharing its top tips for saving water in the garden and the home, which also saves money for customers on a meter:
In the garden:
In the home:
See website for information: https://www.southwestwater.co.uk/water-advice-and-services/start-saving-water-today/ and https://www.southwestwater.co.uk/reservoirlevels
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