Water company urges East Devon households not to waste ‘precious’ water during heatwave

PUBLISHED: 16:37 20 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:37 20 July 2018

Wimbleball Reservoir, in Somerset. Picture: Lewis Clarke

Wimbleball Reservoir, in Somerset. Picture: Lewis Clarke

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The heatwave has not yet brought drought conditions to East Devon but households are still being urged to use ‘precious’ water wisely.

South West Water says the reservoir which supplements East Devon is currently storing slightly more water than in the same period last year, but that water is still generally in high demand.

A spokesman for South West Water said: “Groundwater levels are currently around normal for this time of year and Wimbleball, our third largest reservoir, is 79.2% full.

“However, in common with the rest of our region and the country as a whole, demand for water is very high, due to the prolonged hot and dry weather.”

South West Water’s total reservoir storage is 74.6% compared with 73.1% at this time last year, but people are still being urged to maintain their water conservation efforts.

The spokesman added: “Water is always a precious resource and we encourage our customers to use it wisely, whatever the weather. This helps to keep customer bills down and protects the environment.”

Customers in East Devon are mainly served by groundwater sources, such as boreholes and springs. But these are supplemented by water from Wimbleball reservoir, in Somerset, as required.

The organisation has shared some tips for saving water - and money for those on a meter - in the garden and the home.

Ideas for in the garden include using a watering can instead of a hose and carrying out watering in the early morning or evening, to reduce evaporation.

When washing a car, it is suggested to use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose pipe and for all outside jobs requiring water, to use any remaining water from your water butt before turning on the tap.

Ideas to save water in the home include turning off the tap while brushing teeth, keeping a jug of water in the fridge to avoid running the tap cold and having a shower instead of a bath.

They suggest using dishwashers or washing machines only when they contain a full loadand only filling the kettle with as much water as is needed.

See website for information: https://www.southwestwater.co.uk/water-advice-and-services/start-saving-water-today/ and https://www.southwestwater.co.uk/reservoirlevels

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