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Saving water over the summer.

Saving water over the summer.

It looks like we’re in for a steamy, hot weekend here in London and across the south of England with the mercury once again rising above 30 ̊C.  But, as ever with our summers, there are large variations in temperatures across the nations and regions of the UK. Some will see very different conditions and a fair amount of rain.

Wherever you are and whatever the weather, it’s always worth sparing a moment to think about your use of the precious resource that is our water supply. There’s something large or small that each of us can do to make a difference.

It’s important both now and in the future as, looking ahead, the impact of climate change means that periods of heavy rain and flooding can be quickly followed by high temperatures and even drought-like conditions. The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee was recently just the latest to warn that parts of England will struggle to meet demand in 20-years unless urgent action is taken. Population growth adds to this pressure on our supplies.

And this summer, the coronavirus has led to an increase in demand for water at home, presenting new challenges. More people are spending time at home, and those lucky enough to have a garden, will be enjoying it more than ever. On top of that, plenty of people who would normally be heading abroad for a break, will be holidaying in the UK this year instead, another unexpected change to the normal pattern of water use this summer.

Luckily, there’s plenty we can all do to help on this. Water companies are playing their part by cutting leakage, using innovation and smart technology helped bring leakage from pipes down by 7% this year to the lowest level on record.

And Water UK joined forces earlier this summer with the water efficiency experts Waterwise to launch a new campaign to help everyone do their bit on saving water. Simple steps can make a big difference.  It might be just taking a minute off the length of your morning shower; using a watering can instead of a hose; and taking pride in letting your car get and stay dirty, can all have a really positive impact. If each member of a family of four spent one minute less in the shower, that could save nearly 50 litres of water a day!

We’ve already seen a great response to our campaign. Thanks to all those who’ve been engaging with us on social media and sharing their own water-saving hints and tips. The campaign aims to make it as easy as possible for people to save water, potentially save money and help protect the environment. We hope you’ll agree with us that water’s worth saving, whatever the weather.