While we have had a very dry year so far raising concerns of water shortages in some parts of the country this summer, Anglian Water has good stores across our region and there are no plans for a hosepipe ban this summer.
This winter and early spring has been much drier than usual, however we plan years in advance and a single dry winter should not give immediate cause for concern. Around half of the water in this region comes from groundwater, while the other half comes from reservoirs which have been built for this purpose. Groundwater levels are low because there’s been little rain to filter through to them, but our reservoirs are all at healthy levels. Our largest reservoir, Rutland Water, is currently nearly 97% full while our second largest, Grafham Water, is 96% full. Overall across all our reservoirs we are at 94% capacity – enough to see us and our 4million customers through this first dry winter without a hosepipe ban.
But that does not mean we can rest on our laurels – our region is the driest in the country and one of the fastest growing, so we cannot afford to be complacent. There is a large programme of work underway to plan even further into the future to secure water supplies, to fix even more leaks and run our network more efficiently and to encourage people to save water in their homes and gardens.
We are helping to lead a new initiative Water Resources East which involves local authorities, farmers, businesses and others in planning decades into the future to ensure the East of England’s water supplies can cope with growth as well the increased likelihood of drought and extreme weather events. You can find out more about the project here http://waterresourceseast.com/
Our hundreds of leakage experts are out in our region every day using the latest technology to find and fix leaks on our network. A recent report from the Consumer Council for Water reveals Anglian Water is one of the best in the country when it comes to finding and repairing leaks – we’re saving 10 million litres a day more than last year, our lowest level of leakage ever. It’s a great result, but we’re pushing to go further all the time.
And we’re also asking you, our customers, to help. There are lots of ways to save water in your home and garden whatever the weather. Even when there has been heavy rainfall, saving water also saves energy and helps us tackle climate change. Our top tips are: take shorter showers, turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth, and get an extra rainwater butt in your garden.
You can find lots more tips, and sign up for a free water saving garden kit, here – www.anglianwater.co.uk/watertips
And if you are on a meter then when you save water, you also save money! On average our metered customers save £100 a year. To find out more about metering visit our webpage here http://www.anglianwater.co.uk/metering