Things are heating up: together we can prevent water shortages


When the temperature rises, people’s water consumption also increases. But if we all consume too much at once, there won’t be enough for the round. 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.

What we do

Here at Southern Water, we work hard to keep your faucets and toilets running.

We find and fix leaks. Our teams work around the clock to find and fix leaks in our 13,866 km of water mains – 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…

As part of our Goal 100, we have committed to helping customers reduce their average water use to 100 liters per person per day by 2040. At the same time, we will reduce leaks by 40% over the next 20 years. want to help? Report a leak if you spot one along the way.

We also plan ahead. We have detailed plans for how we will keep the water supply going in the event of a drought – and what customers can do to do their part. These plans are essential to ensure there is always reliable water for homes, businesses and the environment. You can take a look at ours drought plan on the Southern Water website.

Of course, the best way you can help us keep faucets and toilets running is by using water wisely.

Great savings ideas

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.

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.
  • Leave the tub for a shower – Swap the bathtub for a shower. Remember, keep it to four minutes and you could save money on your annual bill too. In fact, one minute less showering saves around seven liters a day – that’s around £10 off your bill over a year.
  • Turn off the tap – By turning off the tap while brushing your teeth you can prevent up to 8,000 liters of water from being wasted and save around £15 a year.
  • Stay calm – Fill the paddling pool a little each day instead of refilling it every time – and remember to sprinkle the used water around your garden when you’re done.

Want to see bigger savings? Our freebies can save you from splashing.

  • Water-saving home visits – 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.
  • Save-a-Flush Pockets – If you have a toilet with a pull handle, save every time you flush by pressing a save-a-flush pocket in your cistern. They are easy to apply and free for our customers.

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 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 Things are heating up: together we can prevent water shortages

Fry Electronics Team

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