Letter: Use water wisely

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Sir,

Scottish Water is asking customers to use water wisely in their daily activities to help maintain supplies during the current period of hot summer weather.

Following a sustained dry period without any significant rainfall, customer usage has increased significantly.

With the current weather conditions forecast to continue people should take simple but important steps to conserve public water supplies.

In some areas there has been a 30 per cent increase in demand for water during the summer and an additional 140 million litres are currently being produced and pushed through the system every day.

The situation is being monitored closely and  to manage supplies across the country.

This includes deploying additional resources to move water between distribution areas and tankering water to supplement local networks.

Some water treatment works and distribution networks are working at near capacity to meet demand.

Average reservoir levels are generally normal for this time of year but the current level of usage and continuing dry weather means stocks of stored water available for use are reducing.

Try to reduce usage wherever possible.

Businesses are also being asked to consider their usage 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, use washing machines and dishwashers fully loaded.

Scotland’s public water supply is the lifeblood of the country, for household and business customers and more than 1.3 billion litres is used per day.

There is a strong and resilient water distribution network but everyone will need to play their part as Scotland enjoys its hottest and driest summer in many years.

To help customers use water wisely, advice is at www.scottishwater.co.uk/savewaterscotland or by calling 0800 0778778.

Peter Farrer,

Chief Operating Officer,

Scottish Water.