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Thames Water Urges Households to Control Water Usage as Heatwave Continues

Published on: 13 Jul, 2022
Updated on: 14 Jul, 2022

Thames Water is urging residents to control their water usage and limit consumption around the home.

Households are being advised to take shorter showers and limit use of the garden hoses in a bid to reduce water usage.

The water company says: “With temperatures set to rise to record levels this week, [we are] urging residents to control their water usage and limit consumption around the home where possible.

“Prolonged spells of hot weather increase the demand for water, putting a strain on the network and accelerating the draw on rivers, underground aquifers, and water stored in reservoirs.”

Thames Water is offering advice to households on how to limit their water usage and help to prevent any future shortages. Suggested measures include turning taps off when brushing your teeth.

Research released today by Thames Water and YouGov reveals that rising temperatures and its effect on the supply of water is an issue causing concern among adults in England. Over three quarters (76 per cent) think it’s possible parts of England will experience water shortages in the next 20 to 30 years.

It’s changing the way they think about water too; more than a third (38 per cent) say they would be motivated to use less water to protect rivers and the environment, while almost as many would cut back to make sure there’s enough water available for future generations (35 per cent) or to help avoid a drought (31 per cent).

Andrew Tucker, Water Demand Reduction Manager at Thames Water, said: “During spells of hot weather, water usage can often rocket, with hoses and sprinklers watering gardens and paddling pools filled. That makes it even more important to be mindful of water usage to ensure there’s enough to go around for everyone.”

“While we’re not currently expecting to introduce restrictions on water use this summer, it’s important that households remain responsible with their usage and help us to limit the pressure on our resources.”

Suggested measures are:

Take shorter showers. On average, a shower uses around 10 litres of water a minute. That means a 10-minute shower can use 100 litres of water. If a family of four reduced their shower time by just one minute, they could save up to £45 on metered water bills and a further £52 on energy bills every year.

Swap your hose for a watering can. You can keep your plants happy and still save water by swapping the garden hose or sprinkler for a watering can. A sprinkler can us as much water in half an hour as the average family of four uses in a whole day. Using a watering can in your garden could save up to 4,050 litres a year, that’s equivalent to more than 50 full bathtubs.

Don’t water when the sun’s out. Avoid watering plants when the sun’s out and temperatures are high to help minimise the amount of water evaporating. Water early in the morning if you can as evening watering encourages the slugs and snails to come out at night.

Turn off the taps while you brush your teeth. A running tap uses on average 6-8 litres of water a minute. That’s over 14 pints straight down the drain – so an easy change to make a big difference is turning off the taps while brushing.

Fix leaky loos and dripping taps. Leaky loos are usually caused by a faulty flush valve or fill valve inside your cistern tank. A leaky loo can waste an average of around 400 litres of water a day. That’s equal to five full bathtubs or around £350 a year.

Go the full load. Wait until you have a full load before running the dishwasher or washing machine. This will not only save on the amount of water you use, but it’ll lower your energy use – helping you reduce your bills.

Households can also find a free water-saving calculator on the Thames Water website where they can work out how much water and energy they are using and receive tailored advice on how to save.

Customers can find out if they qualify for the priority services register and sign up by visiting Priority Services or calling 0800 009 3652. Relatives, charities, and carers can also visit the priority services.

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Responses to Thames Water Urges Households to Control Water Usage as Heatwave Continues

  1. Martin Elliott Reply

    July 13, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    What is the current OFWAT water system leakage rate for Thames Water (before customer meters).

    When I looked a couple of years ago it was 24 per cent of that entering the system.

    Targets for reduced leakage are quoted for one or two decades hence, but as a percentage of leakage, not as a percentage of the total flow. So overall the reduction targets are quite low.

    Yet again an article on how customers can reduce their usage after the meter. The same advice adopted if practical, several years ago.

  2. Jan Messinger Reply

    July 14, 2022 at 12:09 am

    Can we, in return, ask that all leaks be fixed as a matter of urgency by them. So no water is wasted. We can all tell of stories where huge amounts of water is wasted.

  3. Dave Fielding Reply

    July 15, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    I agree with Jan Messinger, but since I’ve not seen rain for some weeks it would be wise to conserve as well.

    That said, I think Thames Water could be a little more upfront. Many years ago during a drought they mentioned they were looking at a new reservoir somewhere in Oxfordshire. Is this happening?

  4. Jim Allen Reply

    July 16, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    There is talk of pumping from the Severn to the Thames. Look up WRAS water resources on the South East website, all details are there.

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