How to save water in summer's drought

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Ben Earl, Water Efficiency Manager at Southern Water and Biosphere Delivery Board Chair gives us some insight into where our water comes from and how we can save it...

The relationship between where water comes from and The Living Coast is a very close one. Nearly every drop of water that is used by households and businesses both within and surrounding the Brighton and Lewes Downs comes from the vast aquifer under our feet.

Taking water out of reservoirs, rivers and the chalk aquifer has an environmental cost. Southern Water recently agreed to massive changes to both the amount and the way we take water from chalk streams in our region to leave more for wildlife.

With soaring temperatures set to continue in the weeks ahead, new advice is being issued to householders and businesses asking to take care to reduce water use. When warm weather hits, demand for water soars compared to cooler times and as the heatwave continues it is placing significant demand on water supplies across the South East of England.

We are not in drought restrictions and have water for your everyday use. We are currently supplying an extra 100 million litres a day across the region compared to last year's daily average - that's enough to fill 11 million watering cans.

We are calling on customers to use water sparingly in the garden, refrain from washing cars or filling paddling pools to help us keep our network running smoothly and to ensure that we have plenty of stocks for the future.

Water is a precious resource and it’s important that we all do what we can to reduce wastage, come rain or shine. Our customers and residents are already among the most water efficient in the country but there are simple things you can do to reduce waste - and cut your water bill.

In the heat wave, let’s be neighbourly. We can preserve supplies by using water butts to water plants and avoid watering the lawn - brown lawns will recover quickly.

Other tips include simple measures such as turning off taps when you’re brushing your teeth, swapping a bath for a four-minute shower and using washing up water on your garden.

Do remember to stay hydrated by keeping your refillable bottle topped up with tap water.

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