Appeal to Forth Valley residents to conserve water as heatwave continues

People across Forth Valley have been urged to use water efficiently as the region’s heatwave continues.

By Allan Crow
Tuesday, 20th July 2021, 8:52 am

The plea comes from Scottish Water as temperatures in Falkirk are forecast to hit 25 degrees on Tuesday - with sunshine predicted for the rest of the week.

Demand for water across Scotland is so high that Scottish Water is having to produce more than 200 million litres of extra water per day nationwide to maintain normal supplies.

That’s enough water to fill 100 Olympic-sized swimming pools… or 2.4 million baths.

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Having fun at the Kelpies are Megan Swiderska 8 and Maja Pulawska 8 from Grangemouth. (Pic: Michael Gillen)

It is already tankering extra water into some parts of the country to maintain supplies.

Now Scottish Water has issued a list of ways in which we can all help.

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They include:Use a watering can instead of a garden hose - did you know that hoses and sprinklers can use about 1000 litres per hour? That’s more than the equivalent of 12 bathsDon’t use jet washers, which use an average of 36 litres of waterDon’t use paddling pools, which use an average of 400 litres of water. If pools are used try quarter filling them and using the water to then water your garden afterwardsTurn the tap off when brushing teethUse washing machines and dishwashers only when fully loadedThe call is aimed at customers in communities throughout the country and at summer holidaymakers and visitors to rural and island communities.

Last week, demand across the country was so high that Scottish Water had to provide 100 million litres of extra water per day, compared with normal levels at this time of year.

As temperatures soared in much of the country, this increased to more than 200 million litres of extra water per day over the weekend.

Kes Juskowiak, water operations general manager, said: “These are very challenging conditions because of the warm, dry weather we’ve been experiencing and the forecast for the coming days is for more of the same.

“We are working hard to support the increase in tourism across our wonderful country, but we are asking all our customers to be more water efficient and aware of how they use water.

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