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Play your part, be water smart


As the area prepares to welcome millions of holidaymakers over the school summer break, Bournemouth Water is asking everyone to play their part and be water smart.

Demand for water has already risen during the recent hot, dry weather and is expected to increase further as the holiday season gets fully under way.

Rob Scarrott, Head of Water Resources and Water Efficiency, said: “We have no immediate concerns, but we expect demand for water to increase as we head into the peak summer season.

“We’re asking everyone to use water wisely to help conserve supplies. This not only helps to ensure there’s enough to go around but will save our customers money on their bills and help protect the environment.

“Small changes in water use make a big difference when multiplied by the millions of people we serve. Gardening typically accounts for much of the additional demand we see during hot weather, and this is where collectively we can all help conserve supplies.

“While we’re asking customers to do their bit, our people are working hard behind the scenes to detect and repair any leaks quickly and to make sure we have as much water available as possible. We’re using new technology to track those difficult to find leaks and increasing the number of people to fix them.”

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:

Invest in a water butt – the average roof collects around 300 full water butts of rain a year

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!)

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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