WILL WE HAVE ENOUGH WATER?
A large rise in water usage during the coronavirus lockdown has sparked a warning from Anglian Water about managing supplies in the weeks and months ahead.
Water usage by households between March and the start of June was up to 20 per cent higher than normal for this time of year, as people washed their hands more, stayed hydrated and used more for DIY in their homes and gardens. Also it’s been the driest and sunniest spring since Victorian times. Anglian Water pumped an additional 200million litres to homes across the East of England on some of the warmest days during May, similar to levels reached during the middle of the 2018 summer heatwave. Director of water services Paul Valleley said the risk, if similar peak demand levels continued, was that there is only so much water the company could treat and put into the network at any one time.
“If everyone draws on that supply at the same time, we could see water pressures dip, meaning it can’t flow from the taps so freely. We’re asking people to use the water they need to stay hydrated and healthy, but please think carefully about discretionary use and reuse water wherever possible.”