With a heatwave taking grip of the UK and Ireland in recent weeks the strain on our water treatment network is beginning to show. Water should always be treated as a valuable resource and never wasted but in current weather it is more important than ever to conserve water as much as possible. There are a number of ways that you can reduce water usage including the below;
- Have a shower instead of a bath.
- Take shorter showers.
- Never use your toilet as a bin.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Rinse vegetables in a full sink or pan of water.
- Fully load your dishwasher.
- Rinse dishes in a full sink or pan of water.
- Wash full loads of clothes.
- Check all pipes, toilets and faucets for leaks.
- Don’t over-water shrubs and flowers.
- Use a watering can with water-saving rose fitted
- Don’t water on cool, rainy or windy days.
- Place mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and discourage weeds.
- Set your mower blades one notch higher, since longer grass means less evaporation.
- Use a bucket instead of a hose to wash your car.
- Use a brush / broom rather than a hose to clean footpaths, driveways etc.
We recommend that you keep up to date with your local water authority via their website or social media account for updates about the current water supply in your area. We’ve included links to some of the UK and Ireland Water Utility Twitter profiles below;
- Northern Ireland Water
- Irish Water
- Thames Water
- Anglian Water
- Northumbrian Water
- Essex and Suffolk Water
- Welsh Water
- Wessex Water
- United Utilities
- Scottish Water
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Northern Ireland Water have implemented a hosepipe ban across the Northern Ireland province from 6pm 29th June 2018. For further information please see https://www.niwater.com/news-detail/11478/hosepipe-ban-northern-ireland/