It may have been the wettest winter on record, but now we’re heading for what weather forecasters are predicting to be the hottest summer on record.
Severn Trent Water is reporting that reservoirs and other water sources are pretty much full and looking good for the summer ahead.
But the water company is also asking that we not be complacent and think about being ‘water wise’ in whatever we do – as we never know what’s next with the weather.
Doug Clarke, water efficiency manager for Severn Trent, said: “This weekend the weather was beautiful and many of us took the opportunity to get into the garden and start tidying up after the winter. Now is the time to think about getting a water butt to save rain water, ready to use in the summer.
“It may have been the wettest winter on record and our reservoirs may be full, but if we’re going to have a hot dry summer, we need to think long-term about our water usage. We’re confident that our water resources are in the best possible position at the moment, and we don’t currently envisage any restrictions at all this summer.
“However, if it’s going to be super hot, then we need to get into good habits now. Weather patterns are obviously changing from what we’re used to, so we never know what’s around the corner.
“There are a few easy things that you can do, including getting a water butt. We’ve got a whole host of information on our website at stwater.co.uk/savewater, and now there is a series of short videos too. One of those videos features our team of little helpers showing us why they think a water butt is the best idea at this time of year.
“When we do get a shower or two, now is the perfect time to collect rainwater in a water butt. That way you can keep the garden watered all summer without using water from the tap.”
Severn Trent Water reports that even though reservoir levels and other water sources are pretty much full, it’s keen to encourage customers to get into good habits.
“It may seen crazy to be talking about saving water, especially after what felt like never ending rain, all winter and with all the flooding, but the more steps we can all take now – getting into good habits – then the better placed our water supplies will be if we do have a hot dry summer.” said Doug.
To find out more about how to be water wise, visit: stwater.co.uk/savewater.