Dry weather and water scarcity
Contrary to popular belief water scarcity can occur in countries with high rainfall including the UK. It occurs when demand outstrips supply and it can be both natural and human induced. All our water supplies come from rainfall and we simply have not had enough winter rainfall this year (2017/2018) in the south east to meet the long-term average. As a consequence, some areas in the south east may experience drought conditions later in the year.
What can be done to help mitigate a drought?
All water companies plan for drought events. Drought plans focus on the things that companies plan to do to maintain water supply and to protect the environment from their operations during a drought. These include closely monitoring local rainfall, reservoirs and groundwater levels and putting in place interventions to help alleviate water shortages where possible. Interventions can include introducing restrictions as a precaution, so that water companies can make sure customers have enough water for drinking, cooking and washing.
There are simple things we can all do to use less water as we go about our daily lives.
- Have a shorter shower – 4 minutes is ideal
- Fix leaky taps and toilets
- Use the correct flush on toilets – big flush or little flush
- Hang up the hose – use a bucket and sponge for car washing
- Always put full loads into washing machine and dishwashers
- Use rainwater from a water-butt to irrigate gardens