Water shortages warning on hottest day of the year

Water shortages warning on hottest day of the year

Porthmadog in northwest Wales has again seen the hottest temperature of the year so far as the mercury soared to 32.6C (90.6F). Yesterday it recorded 31.9C (89.4F).

Water companies said there has been a huge spike in demand for water at morning and evening peak times which means billions more litres of water have to be pumped into the system.

Customers in some areas will see a drop in their water pressure unless people make some simple changes to the way they use water, industry body Water UK warned.

Some parts of Staffordshire and Shropshire have seen supplies temporarily interrupted as a result of the high demand, prompting Severn Water to set up bottled water collection points as a precaution.

Overnight, tanker crews also injected water directly into pipes in the region to keep customers supplied with water.

Severn Trent said there was plenty of water in reservoirs, and it had put an extra 300 million litres of water into its pipes on Wednesday, but the network could only carry so much water.

Doug Clarke, Severn Trent’s water efficiency expert, said We need people to think about how they’re using water – using a sprinkler might green up your lawn but that water would be better used for drinking or washing.

He added This is all about being neighbourly.

Just think about whether you’re making the absolute best of the drinking water we’re producing for you and your neighbours.

Customers in some parts of the Home Counties served by Affinity Water have also seen interruptions to supply or low pressure as a result of soaring demand for water in peak periods.

An Affinity Water spokesman said We usually supply, on average, 900 million litres of water each day to 3.6 million people and we have had to significantly increase this to meet demand due to the hot weather.

This demand is averaging at 1.2 billion litres of water per day, but at times this has peaked to 1.6 billion litres of water in a single day.

We are asking all customers to use water wisely, to reduce the demand on our network.

The company is urging people to adopt measures such as watering the garden with a watering can, teaming up children with their friends for paddling pool dates to avoid filling up too many pools and to not worry about the lawn going brown.

Southern Water said rain in winter and spring had helped recharge reservoirs and groundwater supplies, so it was not expecting any restrictions such as hosepipe bans this summer.

Temperatures are expected to stay in the high 20s until early next week.

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News Source SkyNews

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