Households and businesses in Merton, and across the UK, are being urged to save water as the ‘Monster from Morrocco’ (we had to throw this newly discovered name in there!) continues to sizzle and the demand for water surges.
Yorkshire Water reports that daily water consumption has increased by up to an extra 200 million litres – more water than the whole of Leeds consumes in one day!
The high temperatures also saw Sutton and East Surrey Water (SES) distribute an extra 30 million litres on Sunday 23 July, bringing the total to 208 million litres, one of the highest volumes recorded so far this year! The greatest demand is thought to be in areas where many people are using garden sprinklers, which can get through 1000 litres every hour!
We need to get water-wise to reduce the demand and conserve water supplies for the rest of the summer. Not only will we be doing our bit to save water, but we will also save energy and money – It’s a win, win, win!
Did you know? ‘Each household in the UK uses on average around 330 litres of water each day. About 15% of a typical gas heated household’s heating bill is from heating the water for showers, baths and hot water from the tap. This is on average about £80 a year.’ – Energy Saving Trust
Saving water can…
reduce your water bill (if you’re on a water meter)
reduce your energy use and bills
reduce the impact on your local environment
reduce carbon dioxide emissions by using less energy to pump, heat and treat the water.
What can you do to save water and energy?
Here are some great tips to start saving today!
Saving Water – Energy Saving Trust
Top 10 Water Saving Tips – Eden Project
Businesses can also make a difference! Whatever your business, small changes to how you use water in the workplace can also make a big difference to your overall consumption.
‘Introduce water saving information, employee suggestion schemes or arrange a water efficiency session to increase awareness of the importance of using water wisely.’
– Saving Water in the Workplace – SES
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