It sounds like a silly question in a country like the UK, but it could become a reality if we don’t act now to save water. As Southern Water works to keep faucets and toilets running this summer, you can help by using only what you need. In this way we can ensure that everyone has enough for the necessities of life.
When people think of drought or water scarcity, they often think of hotter parts of the world — like Australia, Africa, and the United States. But you might be surprised to hear that the South East of England is officially suffering from drought. Indeed, the region has had three Droughts since 2000 – and they are likely to become more frequent in the future.
So why is the Southeast more affected by water scarcity? It’s about more people and less water. The number of people living in our region continues to grow, but climate change means that our water sources are less reliable. As a result, there is less clean water to circulate.
In hot weather we all rely on water to keep us hydrated, keep plants healthy and help kids cool off. But with 2.5 million people to be cared for, we all have to do our part to ensure that everyone has enough of it.
The benefits of saving water
Saving water has many advantages. Small changes could save you money on your bills, reduce your carbon footprint, and protect the rivers and habitats your water comes from. It all makes a difference. Here are just a few of them:
- It minimizes the effects of drought and water scarcity. Even if our demand for fresh water is constantly increasing due to population growth, our supply remains constant. Although water eventually returns to earth through the hydrological cycle, it is not always returned to the same place or in the same quantity and quality. By reducing water use, we can better protect ourselves from droughts in the years to come.
- It protects against rising costs. Failure to conserve water can eventually lead to a lack of adequate water supply, which can lead to negative consequences such as: B. reduced food supply and rising costs.
- It helps to protect our environment. It costs money and energy to treat and transport water to homes, businesses, farms and communities. Reducing our water use reduces the energy required for processing and delivery, which in turn helps reduce pollution and our carbon footprint.
- It builds safe and sustainable communities. Firefighters, hospitals, gas stations, street cleaners, health clubs, gyms, and restaurants all require large amounts of water to provide community services. Reducing our water use now means these services can continue to be provided.
What we do
Here at Southern Water, we work hard to keep your faucets and toilets running. We search and fix leaks on our 13,905 km of water mains 24 hours a day – that’s almost the distance from England to Australia! Millions of liters of water are saved every day thanks to the leak alarms from the water meters we install. Our leakage level per property is one of the best in the industry – but we don’t stop there…
We are committed to helping our customers reduce their average water consumption to 100 liters per person per day by 2040. At the same time, we will reduce leakage by 40% over the next 20 years. want to help? Report a leak if you spot one along the way.
Great savings ideas
While enjoying the sun, here are a few simple ways you can use less:
- Take a break – Skip those non-essential, water-intensive tasks like washing cars, patios, and windows.
- sweat it out – Save the shower until after your workout. Remember, keep it to four minutes and you could save money on your yearly bill too. In fact, one minute less showering saves around seven liters a day – that’s around £10 off your bill over a year.
- Stay calm – Fill the paddling pool a little each day instead of refilling it every time – and remember to scatter the used water around your garden when you’re done.
Want to see bigger savings? Our freebies can save you from splashing. Request one of ours water-saving home visits and an engineer could visit your home to offer water saving tips and install up to £100 worth of water efficient appliances on site.
Let’s count the summer
Together we can ensure that no one is overshadowed by water shortages in the summer. If we all do our part, we can continue to ensure that everyone has enough for the necessities of life.
You can find more ways to save in our tips for saving Saving water in hot weather.
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