Use water wisely
Sir, Scottish Water is asking customers to use
water wisely in their daily activities to help maintain supplies during the current hot summer weather. Following a sustained dry period without any significant rainfall, customer use has increased significantly. In some areas, there has been a 30 per cent increase in demand for water and an additional 140 million litres are currently being produced and pushed through the system every day.
The situation is being monitored closely to manage supplies across the country.
This includes deploying additional resources to move water between distribution areas and tankering water to supplement local networks.
Average reservoir levels are generally normal for this time of year but the current level of use and continuing dry weather means stocks of stored water available for use are reducing. Try to reduce use wherever possible. Businesses are also being asked to consider their use and how they can use water more efficiently.
Simple, practical steps include: taking shorter showers, using a watering can rather than a hose to water plants, using a bucket rather than a hose to wash vehicles; only washing windscreens/lights instead of the whole vehicle, turning off taps whenever possible and use washing machines and dishwashers fully loaded.
More advice on using water wisely is online at www.scottishwater.co.uk/savewaterscotland or call 0800 0778778.