Recent rainfall has temporarily reduced demand for water, giving South West Water’s treatment works, pumps and staff a welcome respite after weeks of hot, dry weather.
But with higher temperatures and more sunshine forecast for the weekend and beyond, the company is ensuring that stores of treated water across the network are healthy ahead of another expected increase in demand.
Rob Scarrott, Head of Environment, said: “We’ve been working hard behind the scenes during the recent prolonged period of hot weather, staffing a number of our key treatment works 24 hours a day to meet the increased demand for water.
“Demand dropped off during and after the recent rain but we expect it to increase again over the weekend so our focus now is ensuring that we have plenty of treated water ready in the network.
“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.
“The rain was certainly welcome in our gardens and water butts, and some of our smaller, local reservoirs have also benefited.
“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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