Use wa­ter wisely

Argyllshire Advertiser - - YOUR VIEWS - Peter Far­rer, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, Scot­tish Wa­ter.

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.

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