Everyone is asked to use water wisely during the current period of hot summer weather.
Scottish Water say their customer usage has increased significantly. With the current weather conditions forecast to continue, they are encouraging people to take simple but important steps to conserve public water supplies.
In some areas there has been a 30% increase in demand for water during the summer so far and an additional 140 million litres are currently being produced and pushed through the system every day to meet current customer usage.
Scottish Water has been monitoring the situation closely and managing supplies across the country, including deploying additional resources to move water between distribution areas and tankering water to supplement local networks.
Some water treatment works and distribution networks are working at near capacity to meet demand.
Customers are being asked to reduce usage wherever possible. Businesses are also being asked to consider their usage and how they can use water more efficiently. Scottish Water say some simple steps include:
• Taking shorter showers
• Using a watering can rather than a hose to water plants
• Using a bucket rather than a hose to wash vehicles; only washing windscreens/lights instead of the whole vehicle
• Turning off taps in the home whenever possible
• Using washing machines and dishwashers fully loaded
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “Much of Scotland has been enjoying a period of warm and dry weather and, with this forecast to continue, now is a good time for all of us to take action where we can to ensure that we maintain the network’s stocks of water.
“Scottish Water is managing current levels of water usage closely, and I encourage people everywhere, whether using water at home, or in their business, to work with Scottish Water and follow their helpful advice and suggestions to use water wisely. This will allow the network to operate as normal, supporting all our water needs everywhere.”