Spring into action to conserve water

IT’S official – we’re now suffering the effects of the driest spring for over 100 years.

In response, Hartlepool Water is calling on customers to be cautious about how much water they use.

Kevin Ensell, Hartlepool operations manager, said: “Water is such a precious resource that we can’t afford to be wasteful. Our reserves do look healthy, but that’s not a reason to be complacent as we simply don’t know how long this dry spell will last.

“We’d urge people to think carefully about how much they use at any time of year, but that message becomes even more important during the long, hot summer that we seem to be moving into.”

Hartlepool Water has issued a five-point guide offering simple tips for householders.

l Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. We could each save 18 litres a day.

l Have a shower instead of a bath. A normal shower uses half the amount of water as a bath. But be careful as a power shower can use more.

l Save on water by keeping a jug of water in the fridge, so that you don’t run the tap until it is cold.

l Wash vegetables and dishes in a bowl, rather than the sink.

l Water your garden with a watering can filled from a water butt, rather than a hose, and leave it until later in the day so that less water is lost to evaporation.