More people are at home than ever before, with many businesses currently closed as we follow government guidelines on COVID-19. The demand on our water network has increased as those at home follow government advice look for ways to keep cool, as well as increasing their use of water for hygiene, cooking and garden maintenance.
This has led to water networks experiencing record levels of water demand and businesses should be mindful of water efficiency measures to reduce their water consumption. Conserving water usage during extended periods of dry weather keeps water flowing for everyone and keeps prices down for you – so it really is win / win.
Following one of the wettest winters on record, there is currently a good amount of water stored in reservoirs. However, at peak times on hot days, customers in some areas are using water faster than it can be safely treated and pumped to homes and businesses. The current record demand for water will also inevitably reduce reservoir levels quicker than normal, as is already being seen in other parts of the country.
Currently, Water Network Owners are not looking to impose any temporary usage restrictions. However, the surge in demand could lead to customers in some areas experiencing low pressure or interruptions to their water supply during peak demand hours.
Monitor your usage
→ By submitting your own meter readings periodically, you'll ensure your bill is as accurate as possible and this means you can budget with confidence.
Improve employee awareness
→ Introduce a water efficiency session to make all employees aware of the importance and many benefits of saving water.
Be water smart in your maintenance
→ A hose / sprinkler uses around 1,000 litres an hour so keep grass watering to a minimum and use a watering can where possible.
Changes in the kitchen
→ A water cooler will give employees direct access to cold water rather than having to run a tap.
Tips for the toilet
→ If you have an older cistern, try a water-saving device such as a ‘Hippo’. This will save between one litre and three litres per flush.
Save water and reduce your monthly bills with our practical water-saving measures and helpful advice. Your business can start saving water straight away by putting in place a few practical measures from our Water Efficiency Guide.