Water efficiency during the heatwave

Update 02/08/2018

United Utilities this morning announced that the hosepipe ban, due to begin on 5th August, has been called off. This is due to increased rainfall and less demand for water. For the most up to date information please visit United Utilities to read the statement. Whilst the slightly lower temperatures and recent rainfall have helped to improve conditions, long term weather forecast suggests dry spells into autumn, therefore it is important we are still mindful and actively saving water where possible.

Tips for saving water

Whilst we are all enjoying the prolonged spell of warmer weather in the UK, with temperatures as high as 31 degrees, the demand for water is much higher than usual and can have a knock-on effect on water supply. When more water is used at the same time by many homes and businesses, it reduces the water pressure in the network.

With the heatwave set to continue, here are our top tips for using water wisely, without compromising the day-to-day running of your business.

  1. During hot spells, there is an increase in demand between 7am-11am and 4pm-11pm. For businesses that use a high volume of water, adjusting times to fill storage tanks or water to land outside of these peak windows can significantly reduce demand.
  2. For businesses with large grass areas or sports pitches, avoid watering these too often. Although it may start to go brown, grass is extremely hard to kill and will soon return to green.
  3. If watering is essential for business; using timers for sprinklers, drip feed irrigation systems or other automatic water devices that are set outside of peak demand times can also help.
  4. Check for anything in need of repair such as leaking taps, which can waste hundreds of litres of water a day. A dripping hot tap will also push up your energy bills by hundreds of pounds a year!
  5. Encourage your employees to think about water usage – for example, when getting a drink of water, instead of running the tap until the water goes cold, they can fill a jug and keep it in the fridge.
  6. When washing your pots or laundry, only use dishwashers and washing machines when they are full to avoid unnecessary water waste.
  7. For many industries, cleaning can account for as much as 70% of your water usage. Reviewing your cleaning processes and making small changes to your routines could significantly reduce your water usage.

Make sure to keep an eye on the website of your local water company to check for any restrictions because of the recent hot weather - here are some useful links: