A water company is gearing up ready to produce up to an extra one hundred million litres of drinking water a day as the temperatures soar again this week.
South East Water’s technicians will be will be working round the clock across Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire to produce the extra water needed - the equivalent of 1.25 million flushes of the toilet.
The amount of water available in reservoirs and groundwater stores is good for this time of year, but as the hot summer continues demand for water rises and the company is thanking its water savvy customers who are helping to spread the water efficiency message where they see water being wasted.
But it is hoping that more can be done as in the same way that motorways can become jammed when the rush-hour is busier than normal, if people fill super-sized paddling pools, use water sprinklers and hosepipes at the same time this adds huge pressure to the normal peak-period demands which can make it difficult to deliver the water quickly enough.
The trend for super-sized everything has seen the average paddling pool now needing a whopping 530 litres of water to fill them - more than three times the total daily amount of water usually used by one person. This is adding to the high demand for water seen during this hot summer weather.
Lee Dance, Head of Water Resources for South East Water said: “There are things all of us can do to help make sure the water we have is enough to go round.
“If you do decide to use your paddling pool at home, fill it during the day if you can, rather than during peak water use times and keep it covered overnight to save refilling the next day.
“When emptying, don’t waste the water, instead use it on your garden – the children can help with this too.
“Water sprinklers are also extremely thirsty – in one hour they can use what a family of four would use in two whole days.”
Being water savvy in the sunshine helps ease pressure on the company’s extensive network of 9,000 miles of pipes, pumping stations and treatment works, which are working round the clock to keep taps running.
Saving water means saving money too and customers can find other top tips for summer water use and free water-saving devices on the company’s website southeastwater.co.uk/savewater