Rainfall was below average for May, according to recent weather reports. Now with the warm, settled weather predicted to continue for the next few weeks, Anglian Water is encouraging customers to stay hydrated and healthy but also remain water wise.
Anglian Water’s top tips to have fun in the sun and save water, money and the environment at the same time, are:
1.Stay hydrated – leave a jug of tap water in the fridge to cool down rather than running the tap to get it cold.
2. Make fruit ice cubes with the kids to add a refreshing splash to their drinks and save running the tap for longer than needed.
3. Take a shorter shower or a shallower bath. Just a minute less in the shower can save as much as £50 a year on your water bill.
4. Forget the paddling pool and head to the beach. In the East of England we have some of the best beaches in the country and many have been awarded Blue Flags and Seaside Awards. There’s even a beach and swimming area at our water park in Rutland, opening for the school summer holidays.
5. If you’ve already filled the paddling pool for the day, don’t empty it! You can save loads on your water bill by using gentle disinfectant tablets that keep the paddling pool water fresh for days of use and fun with the kids. Or use the water to wash the dog or on the flower beds
6. Water plants late at night when it’s cool. The water is less likely to evaporate and will do most good. Watering in the heat of the day is not advised as it can scorch and kill your plants.
7. Learn to love your brown lawn – leave the sprinkler in the shed this summer. Grass is extremely hard to kill. Your lawn will soon bounce back and be vibrant and green again.
8. Fix that dripping tap. Dripping taps are just money running down the drain. If your tap dripped every second, all day, it would waste around 17 litres in just 24hours! That’s over 6000 litres and around £30 a year.
9. Check your local forecast. If it’s going to rain tomorrow don’t water the plants.
10. If you spot a leak, report it to us on www.anglianwater.co.uk/inyourarea or call freephone 0800 771881.
For more advice on water efficient gardening visit www.anglianwater.co.uk/PottingShed and get a free water-saving garden pack.
Emma Staples from Anglian Water said: “There’s no chance of a hosepipe ban this year. Water levels in our reservoirs and groundwater stores are healthy and we are grateful to customers who help make the best use of the water we have in this dry region by loving every drop all year round.
“Our customers in this region are already more water efficient than the rest of the country. Each of us uses on average 133 litres each per day compared to the national average of about 140-145 litres each per day. That’s the difference of about 4million toilet flushes a day across the whole region.
“The other reasons we’re in good shape on water resources are that we’re on our game and always striving to do more when it comes to leakage. Anglian Water is the best in the industry and much of the world, which means we’re better placed than most to deal with the risk dry spells – because we’re not losing as much water as some other companies day to day. This plus our billions of pounds of investment and long term planning means we’re well positioned in this area to cope with warm spells, despite living in the driest part of the UK.
“That said, we do need customers to help us on the journey. This weekend and the next few weeks are set to be warm and dry. We want people to stay healthy and hydrated. One of the easiest tips is to keep a jug of water in the fridge to make sure you’ve a refreshing drink available at all times, and at the same time you won’t have to run the cold tap for ages either.”
Before the autumn arrives, if you’re the last person on your street without one, make sure you get a water butt. They are great for the environment and can save you loads on your bill too. They even give you a handy water supply if you don’t have an outside tap.
For those who are in the market for a new washing machine or dishwasher? Check the water rating and opt for water efficient models, or those that are intelligent and adapt water usage to the size of the load. Which? is a great resource to compare makes and models.
Emma added: “Ultimately, we exist as guardians of this precious resource to make sure there’s enough go round for generations to come. That means planning decades into the future, investing heavily today for tomorrow and helping our customers enjoy life but still use water wisely wherever possible. It’s why we offer discounted water butts, free water saving gadgets and water saving tips to make the best use of the water we have available in drier times.”