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Weekly dry weather update: 10 August 2018

10th August 2018

New figures released by Bournemouth Water show how demand for water skyrocketed in July, following a month of near record-breaking temperatures.

The company produced an extra 603 megalitres of water (603,000,000 litres – the equivalent of 241 Olympic-sized swimming pools) during the month compared to 2017.

Rob Scarrott, Head of Environment, said: “Demand for water during July peaked on Sunday 8, when we produced 186 megalitres – compared to 168 megalitres on 8 July 2017.

“On average we produced around 174 megalitres of water a day during the month, compared to an average of 154 megalitres a day during July 2017.

“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes during the recent prolonged period of hot weather to meet the increased demand for water. We are also putting a lot of additional resource into detecting and repairing leaks, which have increased due to the hot, dry weather – as the ground dries and contracts it pulls pipes out of alignment.

“Overall our water resources are at a satisfactory level but we are still asking customers to use water wisely to help conserve supplies. The more water we all save now the more will be left for the rest of the summer.”

The company is sharing its top tips for saving water in the garden and the home, which also saves money for customers on a meter:

In the garden:

•After the recent rainfall, the RHS advises that the best way to keep lawns looking healthy with more dry weather forecast is to keep it on the longer side if you do cut it and watch out for weeds appearing and taking over in bare patches
•Use a watering can instead of a hose
•If your garden needs watering, do so early morning or evening to reduce evaporation
•Use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose to clean your car (or leave it for another week – it’s only going to get dusty!)
•Use any remaining water from your water butt first

In the home:

 •Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
•Keep a jug of water in the fridge so you don’t have to run your tap cold
•Use a bowl for washing up / rinsing fruit and veg – then use this water for plants   
•Have a shower instead of a bath
•Only use your dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load (this will save money on your energy bills too)
•Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need (this will save energy too)
•Fix leaking taps and toilets

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