When the weather hots up, we all use more water - to hydrate, keep plants alive, or help the kids stay cool.

This increased use can be a challenge for all water companies as daily demand goes up by hundreds of millions of litres more than usual - but we're not in drought restrictions or putting temporary use/hosepipe bans in place.

We're proud to deliver a reliable water supply, whatever the weather, so to help us do that we just ask you to use water wisely during a heatwave.

Top tips for saving water in a heatwave

We promote saving water all year round, but here are some extra things you can do to reduce your use in hot weather:

  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge - then you won't need to run the tap while you wait for the water to go cold.
  • Avoid using hosepipes or sprinklers (which can use as much as 1,000 litres of clean water an hour) - re-use  dishwater or water used to boil vegetables or pasta, and fill a watering can instead.
  • Avoid non-essential chores, like washing cars and windows.
  • Take a short shower instead of a bath (it uses much less water).
  • Leave the paddling pool in the shed and visit a local beach or open air swimming pool instead.
  • Water plants after 9pm - then it's less likely to evaporate, and will do the most good.
  • Lawns don't need constant watering, and going brown is the natural survival mechanism of grass in hot weather according to Brown Lawns are Cool by the Turfgrass Growers Association
  • Check your home for dripping taps or leaks - or if you see one out and about, report a leak to us.