The Water Cycle

Water is all around us and impacts on our daily lives.
Here we've taken a look at the water cycle and what it can mean for you.

Lanscape view of plants, trees, animal's including how the water cycle works

Condensation

Is when water collects on a cold surface as it’s mixed with warm air.

Indoors it can result in a build-up of moisture on your window sills. Many businesses think that by increasing temperature you can reduce condensation, however, this will not stop the problem long term and will result in an increase in energy bills.

Transpiration from plants

This is where the heated water goes up into the air from plant leaves

Precipitation

This is the water which falls to the ground as rain, sleet, hail or snow. 

If you’re considering being a water warrior you could look at ways of using this water elsewhere, you might want to invest in a water butt and recycle the water for use in watering plants or washing cars, or many schools recycle rain water for use in grey water initiatives.

In order for rain, hail, sleet and snow water to be taken from properties, roads and buildings, you pay a surface water charge as well as highway or property and roads charges.

Surface Run off

This is water from the rain or melted snow that goes onto the land and then to oceans, lakes and streams.  If it generally goes to the same place it is known as a water shed

Sustainable urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) can slow down surface run off and help with water flooding.   These are generally put onto urban property developments and it is where attractive green spaces are created which also provide a habitat for wildlife.

Evaporation

This is where the sun heats up water in rivers, lakes, oceans and streams and turns it into steam before going into the air.

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