With temperatures high South East Water has some useful tips to keep cool, hydrated and plants blooming – all while keeping a watchful eye on water use.

During a hot spell the average amount of water each person uses each day can increase by more than 50 per cent.

That can not only mean a slightly higher bill for customers, it puts pressure on the water network and the reserves of the natural resource we all rely on as more water is put into the system to meet demand.

Lee Dance, Head of Water Resources at South East Water, said: “While our reservoirs and underground water sources are in a good position as we start the summer season, we all need to be mindful of how much water we are using day-to-day, whatever the weather.

“There’s very simple things we can do during a hot period to limit the amount of extra water we use and make sure none is wasted.

“Of course, it’s essential to keep hydrated, so fill a covered jug and pop it in the fridge ready to make cool drinks. This means you don’t have to run the tap until it’s cold enough for a single serving.

“As children love a paddling pool, to help avoid changing and topping up too often, keep it covered when not in use to reduce evaporation and free from bugs and leaves. When emptying, the youngsters can have fun filling their watering cans with the paddling pool water to give thirsty plants a drink.

“Gardeners are already very good at keeping their vegetable patches and flower beds moist by using rainwater stored in water butts, but in hot weather it is tempting to also use a hosepipe or sprinkler.

“A sprinkler can use up to 1,000 litres of drinking water in just one hour – that’s more than a family of four would use in a whole day. While most people can keep their garden blooming with a watering can, if you do need to use a sprinkler, put it on the lowest volume setting if it has one, and only use it for very short periods early morning and late evening to avoid evaporation.

“Also, don’t worry about the lawn going brown – it will soon recover as soon as we get the next round of good rainfall.

“We want everyone to enjoy the hot weather while we can but we all just need to be aware of how and when we use our water – our greatest natural resource.”

For more tips on saving water all year round, go to https://www.southeastwater.co.uk/my-water-supply/water-saving-tips

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