Blog post by Paul Valleley, Director of Water Services

While last winter was dry and this winter started off as such, our reservoir and groundwater levels are healthy and the recent wet weather has given them a boost.

Anglian Water operates in the driest region in the country anyway, so conserving and managing resources, and investing in schemes that protect against drought have been a cornerstone of our business plans for a long time – it’s why our leakage is the lowest in the country, around half the national average.

We’ve made significant investment in increasing water storage and being able to move water around our region more easily, which along with low leakage and great help from our customers, who save water all year around and are some of the most efficient water users in the country, is helping to manage this precious resource.

Current reservoir levels

While around us the weather can seem grey, cold and damp, the reality is in recent years, parts of the UK have received less rainfall than the Sahara Desert, and the past six months have been some of the driest on record. Dry spells remind us that water is a precious commodity we often take for granted, and this is why we always encourage customers to use water wisely, whatever the weather.

Anglian Water also chaired the sector’s Long Term Water Resources Project to map out the steps Government and water companies need to take to make the country more resilient to severe droughts like the one in 1976. It is pioneering initiatives such as Water Resource East which brings together major water users in the Eastern region to consider the next 100 years of water use and ensure there is enough to go round for everyone and everything.

Top five ways to save water, and save money at the same time

  • Take a shorter shower or a shallower bath
  • If it’s yellow let it mellow: Just one less flush a day can save around 9 litres a time.
  • Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth: When you leave the tap running you lose 6 litres of water per minute and get nothing in return.
  • Fix a dripping tap: Just one drip every second, all day, every day wastes around 17 litres in just 24hours! That’s over 6000 litres a year.
  • Cars get dirty in winter. Try washing it with 5 buckets or less. Using a hosepipe for just 15 minutes equates to 30 buckets of water.

Posted by Anglian Water