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April 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 224

With it looking increasingly likely that the south east of England being in constant drought conditions, with reservoirs unlikely to get over 50% full in the next 2 years, water companies around the UK are looking into ways to move water to drought hit areas around the country.

Severn Trent Water has already struck up a deal with Lincolnshire based Anglican Water to supply 30 million litres a day by this June, after the county was hit with a hose pipe ban this month for the first time in 20 years.

With reservoirs filled to 93% capacity, Wales looks to be the country that can supply the deficit. Former Welsh Water chairman and chief executive John Elfed Jones has questioned why the Welsh economy will not be profiting from transferring water over the border, claiming as a natural resource it is only fair it should be "sold" like oil. Mr Jones points out that it is unfair the people of Wales are not profiting a penny from the water which is exported to England.

Water is a Precious Resource

With all this talk of selling water from here to there, it is surprising that not one water company or the environment agency has called on people in drought hit areas to try conserving water. In fact, on the EPA's website they state: "Water is a precious resource. We should always use it wisely because it's not as abundant as you might think."

Did you know?

In the UK, the average family household uses 180,000 litres of water, per year (Source: EPA). Perhaps even more astonishing is that over one quarter of this is flushed down the toilet! Another major use is washing, also drinking, cooking, car washing and watering the garden. We use almost 50 per cent more water than 25 years ago, partly because of power showers and household appliances.

Here is a list of where and at what cost we use water in our homes.

  • A Bath uses 80 litres of water on average and costs 15p a time.
  • Flushing the toilet uses approximately 8 litres at 1.5p per flush around 35 times per week.
  • Showering everyday uses about 35 litres and costs 50p per week.
  • A washing machine used 3 times weekly costs 36p.

Water requires lots of energy to collect, purify and supply it to your taps. So by conserving water, we are also saving energy and helping reduce carbon emissions. Using water lavishly wastes energy, Why? Because the greatest use of energy in many towns and cities is the supply of water and disposal and recycling of it after it's been used!

If you were not aware all regulated water companies in the UK offer their customers a free Water Saving Pack for your home. The pack aims to save you between 20-30,000 litres of water per year, which is a saving of up to £54 on your water bill and up to £50 on your energy bills.

You can find your local water company online and order this pack or by telephoning, and doing this today will help conserve our water supply in the UK for future generations.

Saving Energy in your Home.co.uk is committed to helping residents of the UK bridge the energy gap by offering free information regarding energy savings which can be made around your home. As well as a range of renewable sources to generate your electricity and heating needs, carefully balancing the requirements of low-carbon emissions, security of supply and affordability. http://www.savingenergyinyourhome.co.uk

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