Tuesday 23rd July 2019 12:00
As families across London and the Thames Valley prepare for the upcoming school holidays, Thames Water is encouraging its customers to care for one of nature’s most precious resources while still having fun in the sun.
As the weather heats up and people spend more time at home, rather than work or school, water use can often rocket as paddling pools are filled, garden sprinklers are turned on and cars are washed. During last year’s heatwave, Thames Water pumped an extra 450 million litres of water a day through its pipes to keep up with demand, which soared by around 17 per cent on the hottest days.
Andrew Tucker, water efficiency manager at Thames Water, said: “Increased temperatures mean increased demand for water, which stresses our network’s ability to produce it fast enough and accelerates the draw on rivers, underground aquifers, and the water stored in reservoirs. To make sure everyone can enjoy our most precious resource, now and in the future, we all need to work together to use less water. If we all make small changes, we can make sure there’s enough to go around.”
To save more water, Thames Water engineers have also been working around the clock to reduce the amount being lost through leaks and are currently fixing around 1,400 a week on its own network and the private pipes of customers. Last month, leakage in the Thames Water area hit its lowest level in three years.
Thames Water’s top summer 2019 water saving tips are:
Andrew continues: “Using less water at home and reducing leakage means we can leave more for nature in our rivers and reservoirs, and give essential underground sources a chance to recover, reducing the risk of shortages in the future.” For more water saving tips visit www.thameswater.co.uk/be-water-smart