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Drought Means More Efficient Water Use Is Urgently Required


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Drought Means More Efficient Water Use Is Urgently Required

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Drought Means More Efficient Water Use Is Urgently Required

  1. 1. Press Release, 13 March 2012Drought means more efficient water use is urgently requiredShort-term emergency measures like hosepipe bans will help with this summer’s drought butthey won’t solve what may be a long-term issue. To meet water needs now and in the future weneed to start using water better, and we need to start nowThe way to beat this drought is to help people and businesses, all over the country, at home and at work,use water more efficiently. Hosepipe bans are one way of reducing short term use, but once those bansare lifted, we still need people to be responsible with their water usage. Greater pressure on waterresources, due to a growing population, increasing per person usage and changing weather patterns,means that even without a drought, the situation is unsustainable.With this situation compounded by very dry weather over the past two winters, it’s not surprising thatsome water companies have had to bring in restrictions on water use. Especially in the south and east ofEngland, where eighteen of the last 23 months have seen below average rainfall. The growing severityof the problem underlines the need for more efficient use of water.Waterwise would like to see an increase in metering to help people and companies measure andmanage their water usage. As well, all water companies could be doing even more to help people savewater in their homes and businesses. In Britain we use an average of 150 litres per day whereas inGermany and France they use 125 and 110 litres per person per day.Simple water-saving devices and a few small changes to our daily routines could add up to big savingsand help tackle drought, protect the environment and save us money. For tips on how to use water moreefficiently see Tompkins, Managing Director“A hosepipe ban doesn’t mean an end to gardening, it just means using water more efficiently (like usinga watering can) and choosing plants that aren’t thirsty all the time.” “Hosepipe bans are an important part of reducing water use, but smart water use shouldn’t stop in thegarden. Simple things, like shorter showers, only washing dishes and laundry with a full load, and turningoff the tap when brushing our teeth, can actually make a big difference.”“Water companies have done good work on water efficiency, but not on a large enough scale. If we haddelivered larger-scale retrofits to bring per capita consumption down to the government aim of 130L perperson per day, instead of the current average of 150L per person per day, then the situation would looka lot different.”
  2. 2. Notes to EditorsWaterwise is an independent, not for profit, non-governmental organisation focused on decreasing waterconsumption in the UK and building the evidence base for large scale water efficiency. We are the leading authorityon water efficiency in the UK. Our aim is to reverse the upward trend in how much water we all use at home and atwork. For more information please visit MillarCommunications Manager0203 4632 rd3 Floor, 89 Albert EmbankmentLondon SE1 7TP