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Water warning as heat sees drop in reservoir levels

Water warning as heat sees drop in reservoir levels

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:50am 27th July 2018.

Cornish homeowners are being urged to use water wisely, as the hot weather sparks a drop in reservoir levels.

South West Water has reported a spike in demand because of the prolonged hot and dry spell.

The company in charge of our supplies says its total storage is down on last summer's levels for the first time this year.

Head of Environment Rob Scarrott insists it is not a major concern but has this advice for families.

"We’re still working hard behind the scenes to meet the increased demand for water and reviewing the situation closely.

"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.

"We’d like to thank our customers for playing their part by reporting leaks and being water wise. The more water we all save now the more will be left for the rest of the summer.

"Small changes in water use make a big difference when multiplied by the millions of people we serve.

"Gardening typically accounts for much of the additional demand we see during hot weather, and this is where collectively we can all help conserve supplies".

Officials say customers who switch to a meter tend to use 15% less water and that generally costs less too.

What can I do at home?

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge so you don't have to run your tap cold
  • Use a bowl for washing up / rinsing fruit and veg - then use this water for plants 
  • Have a shower instead of a bath
  • Only use your dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load (this will save money on your energy bills too)
  • Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need (this will save energy too)
  • Fix leaking taps and toilets

What about in the garden?

  • Use a watering can instead of a hose
  • If your garden needs watering, do so early morning or evening to reduce evaporation
  • Use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose to clean your car (or leave it for another week - it's only going to get dusty!)
  • Use any remaining water from your water butt first

You can read more information and advice on South West Water's website here.

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