Despite widespread press coverage and advice on water usage from a few water companies, a hosepipe ban or water restrictions in 2017 still look unlikely.
Long term weather forecasts by the Met Office suggest the next few months are likely to be above average temperatures and below average rainfall. This follows on from having the driest winter in 20 years.
However, the Environment Agency say that a number of rivers and reservoirs were at below average levels for this time of year, but that there were no water supply issues at present.
We would point out again that hosepipe bans and water restrictions are much more likely following two dry winters which is what caused the hosepipe bans in 2012.
Affinity Water which has 3.6 million customers in the south east of England are offering the following advice to help save water:
- By turning the tap off when brushing your teeth, you can save over 6,500 litres of water per year.
- A bath can use up to 100 litres, a shower uses about a third of this. However be aware – modern power showers can use more water than a bath if you shower for more than 5 minutes.
- Choose drought resistant bedding plants such as Alyssum, Geraniums, French and African Marigolds and Petunias or plant perennials such as Aquilegia, Campanula or Heuchera.
- A garden hose or sprinkler can use almost as much water in an hour as an average family of four uses in one day. Try and use a watering can instead to water your garden.
- The average roof collects about 85,000 litres of rain in a year! Make the most of the rain that falls during this dry period and install a water butt to help water your garden.
This is standard water saving advice given by most water companies and shouldn’t be taken as indicative of a looming hosepipe ban in 2017.