Scottish Water has pumped an extra 150 megalitres each day over the past fortnight to meet rising demand in the hot weather. The 20% increase in consumption impacted reservoir levels, which are now 10% below the average for the time of year
Yorkshire has lifted the hosepipe ban imposed in August in response to drought conditions across the country. The company said customer efforts saved an average of 28 million litres of water each day that helped replenish reservoir levels. The National Drought Group has urged companies to prepare now for next summer to avoid interruptions.
Southern Water has lifted the hosepipe ban it imposed in August in part of its region in response to drought conditions. The company reported customers saved 11 million litres of water over three months, which helped river levels return to a healthier flow rate. Restrictions remain in place across four other regions, including Yorkshire, where drought permits were secured last month.
The whole of the south west of England has been moved into drought status after weeks of below average rainfall. The Environment Agency said 11 of 14 geographic regions in England are now in drought. A hosepipe ban was imposed in Cornwall and parts of Devon earlier this month but no further restrictions are anticipated by water companies.
MOSL has created an interactive dashboard tool that breaks down by area and wholesaler or retailer, what specific drought restrictions are in place across England and Wales to help the sector encourage its customers to use water efficiently.
As drought conditions continue across the country, water minister Steve Double has called for increased efforts to manage leakage while James Bevan, head of the EA, called the summer "a wake-up call" for how everyone views and uses water. This comes the same day Waterwise released its strategic direction for the decade that emphasises partnership working to put efficiency at the heart of all decisions.
Portsmouth Water has outlined its 'Vision' for the next 25 years to protect water supplies and ensure they are kept affordable for all, while enhancing the environment. The plan says usage restrictions will not be imposed even in times of severe drought.
Around one-third of billpayers have indicated they would be willing to pay more to fund infrastructure to boost resilience against future droughts and flooding, a survey has shown. It also suggested water efficiency messaging has impacted behaviour, with 70% of adults who identified recent drought conditions as a 'water crisis' saying they have altered their consumption behaviour.
Yorkshire Water said its customers used 100 million litres less water each day in the recent heatwave compared to the hot spell last month. Meanwhile, Thames Water, which has seen demand rise 50% above average in some areas, has confirmed the start date for its hosepipe ban.
Yorkshire has joined eight other regions of England in drought status after the Environment Agency said rainfall, river flows, water levels in reservoirs and ground water levels that act as triggers for drought status had been met. Yorkshire Water announced a hosepipe ban last Friday as much of England entered drought status
South West Water is the latest company to declare a temporary usage ban will be imposed in parts of its region to protect water resources after months of low rainfall. The south west was officially declared to be in drought on Friday by the National Drought Group.
Yorkshire has said a hosepipe ban will be imposed across its region as part of its drought plan during the driest period in 130 years. The restriction will come into effect from 29 August to protect reservoir supplies and ensure sufficient water is left in the environment. It is the fifth company to announce a ban in recent weeks.
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