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Water levels at healthy 78% to cope with hot weather demand

Yorkshire Water typically provides the region’s five million customers with around 1.2 billion litres of water a day. However, they have estimated that due to the hot weather, daily consumption could spike at up to 1.4 billion litres a day this summer.

The company’s average water levels - across all its reservoirs, rivers and boreholes - are currently 78% full, which is enough in reserve to meet this week’s increased heatwave-driven demand. An extensive underground grid system also means water can be transported across the region 24/7 to where it’s needed most.

The average Yorkshire Water customer uses between 100 and 150 litres a day, equivalent of up to two full bath tubs. To help drive greater water efficiency, the firm has launched a ‘Save a little, save a lot’ campaign which calls on customers to think more carefully about how they use water in their homes, particularly during the summer months.

Neil Dewis, Head of Service Delivery at Yorkshire Water, said: “Some people take water for granted but it is a precious resource and we need to ensure that in the future we can continue to meet the demands of a growing population and the challenges climate change could bring. We work really hard to manage our own leakage and to supply our water in the most efficient way, but we need our customers to play their part too. To help our customers, we‘re offering free water saving packs via our website that include simple-to-install devices that can reduce household water consumption.”

Water Saving tips that save water and money:

1. Turning the tap off when brushing teeth could save seven litres per person per day.
2. A bath can use as much as 80 litres of water. Swapping this for a short shower can save on average 10 litres of water per day.

3. Fixing that dripping tap could save £18 a year. A dripping tap wastes around 5,500 litres of water a year.

4. Simply by making sure the washing machine is full before using could save eight litres of water per household.

5. Fitting a free flushsaver in the toilet cistern will save one litre of water every time the toilet is flushed.

Yorkshire Water is set to invest around £870m over the next five years to maintain its reservoirs, treatment works and pipe network. This will help ensure efficient water treatment processes are in place and pipes are upgraded with modern materials.

Yorkshire Water is also set to release a ‘Cold Water Kills’ reservoir safety film that aims to highlight the risks of swimming in reservoirs during the school summer holidays. With temperatures in reservoirs as low as 12ºC, depths of up to 50m and undercurrents lurking beneath the surface, the film’s message will be that even a short swim can result in a tragic loss of life.

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