Be ‘water smart’ this summer

With temperatures in London topping 30 degrees this week, Hounslow Council is encouraging residents to consider their water use as water companies work hard to keep taps flowing.

Published: Friday, 20th July 2018

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By being ‘water smart’ at home and at work, this will reduce pressure on supplies as well as saving money on bills.

Andrew Tucker, water efficiency manager at Thames Water, said: “We’re doing all we can to keep enough water flowing through our network during this very hot spell, which often makes people worry. The good news is that the rain we had in winter and spring really helped to fill our reservoirs and recharge groundwater levels, so we don’t expect them to become so low that we have to impose temporary restrictions.

“But, to be absolutely sure, we all need to think about how we use water and how we could save it. Making just a few small changes to your routine, while also enjoying the sunshine, will make a big difference and help us keep up with demand and avoid the risk of water restrictions later.”

There are simple changes everyone can make to help:

  • Turning the tap off while brushing your teeth
  • Taking a four minute shower
  • Reusing the paddling pool to water the garden rather than pouring it away
  • Water your garden at night, when it has most benefit, with a watering can
  • Let your lawn go brown – it will recover
  • Wash your car after the heatwave

For more tips, check your area’s water company website.


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