Save Water

Save Water South East

About Us

SaveWater South East is a collaboration between Waterwise, the Environment Agency and six water companies – Affinity Water, Portsmouth Water, South East Water, Southern Water, SES Water and Thames Water. The members of the partnership have joined forces to help create and promote a water saving culture across the region. By working together with a range of key stakeholders, SaveWater South East aims to help households save water and money.

What we do

We work with a range of stakeholders across the South East region including local authorities, housing associations, non-governmental organisations and community based organisations.

We provide guidance and information on all aspects of water efficiency including water-saving equipment offered by our partnership water companies, water calculators, water labels, advice on embedding water efficiency policies in planning rules and development plans.

SaveWater South East has hosted a number of events, seminars and conferences across the region on water efficiency. Please see our event sections for more details.


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Dry Weather

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  


The ThinkWater campaign was designed to motivate people (like you and me) to use less water by wasting less water and ran on social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) over a ten week period and it aims to encourage people to think about how they use water in their homes and gardens – the campaign aimed to support consumers in helping them reduce their water waste, not restrict their water use. To read our blog on the ThinkWater campaign click here  and to go the the ThinkWater micro-website click here where you can:

  • pledge to save water
  • learn about the journey water takes from when it falls as rain, to when it arrives as clean, high quality drinking water delivered directly into our home
  • find more easy tips to save water