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Weekly dry weather update: 2 August 2018

02nd August 2018

Recent rainfall has temporarily reduced demand for water, giving Bournemouth Water’s treatment works, pumps and staff a welcome respite after weeks of hot, dry weather.

But with higher temperatures and more sunshine forecast for the weekend and beyond, the company is ensuring that stores of treated water across the network are healthy ahead of another expected increase in demand.

Rob Scarrott, Head of Environment, said: “We’ve been working hard behind the scenes during the recent prolonged period of hot weather. Demand dropped off during and after the recent rain but we expect it to increase again over the weekend so our focus now is ensuring that we have plenty of treated water ready in the network.

“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.

“The rain was certainly welcome in our gardens and water butts, 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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