UK drought on the cards this summer?

At the weekend, the BBC reported the south east of England has received less than half of its annual rainfall since July last year.  Over 3 million customers have been advised to reduce their water use by:

  • not using sprinklers in the garden
  • replacing a long soak in the bath with a quick dip in the shower
  • turning off the tap in between teeth-brushing
  • using dishwashers and washing machines less frequently

The  risk of flooding from heavy downpours, and stresses on water resources as key threats from climate change to the UK. Models suggest we will be five times more likely to have wetter winters, with around 1 million homes, business and infrastructure at risk of flash floods by 2080. Extreme events such as droughts and heatwaves are forecast to become increasingly common, amplifying the pressure on our water resources and general services (such as healthcare).

Water UK, said everyone should consider using water carefully.

“We always advise that everyone use water wisely – especially during a period of dry weather – and to follow the advice of their water company should water saving measures be required.”

Many water utilities will supply water saving devices for free e.g. Northumbrian Water offer a package which includes a tap insert and universal plug amongst other devices such as a flush reducing gadget, and South West Water’s free water saving kit includes a water- and energy-saving shower head and a timer to limit your water use.

Furthermore, this article lists some of the best devices and technologies you can use to reduce water use. From shortening your shower time, to slowing the flow of your tap, and reusing water, the suggested technologies will provide benefits for the environment and your bank balance.

“Speaking of water butts, it’s always a good idea to have one lying around to collect rain. Much more eco-friendly than running the hose when the sweltering weather returns…”

Does this mean we’re in for a summer drought? There’s certainly plenty of speculation: with the wettest place in England  currently ‘bone dry’; gorse fires in Oban, and reservoir levels in Cornwall lower than in the last official water shortage.

This short video from the Met Office suggests there will be higher pressure surrounding the UK, meaning higher temperatures and less humidity… although these are just projections and “the favourite in a horse race, doesn’t always win”.

Either way, it’s always best to be prepared and consider investing in some water-saving devices. For more information about the products offered by OTA Analytics, contact us. 

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