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Severn Trent urges people in Newark and Sherwood to save water

Water company Severn Trent has urged people to watch their water use, after recording its highest ever demand for treated water.

The company says, on average, people are using 20% more water than normal, compared with a normal May, and some areas are using as much as 40% more.

That means some areas are seeing poor pressure and even loss of supply in evenings as the pipes can’t carry water fast enough to meet the unprecedented demand.

Sprinkler in garden (35753543)
Sprinkler in garden (35753543)

So, Severn Trent has appealed to people to take a few simple steps to be a bit more water wise when they are using treated water from the tap.

Liv Garfield,Severn Trent's chief executive, said: “We are seeing the highest demand we have ever seen in our history at the moment.

“Our treatment works are already working at maximum and our pipes are carrying treated water as fast as they can to everyone, but the huge spike in demand means we’re seeing poor pressures in some areas as people use it up as fast as we can get it to them.

Severn Trent (35754736)
Severn Trent (35754736)

“We know everyone’s enjoying the sunny weather, but we’re appealing for them to cut back on non-essential use, especially outside, where they can over the next week.

"That will really help us keep up and make sure everyone gets the water they need for handwashing, cooking and drinking.”

New figures produced for the Severn Trent region produced by weather forecasting and analysis company Weatherquest have shown some areas in the Midlands received just 1mm of rain in May ­— about a third the thickness of a pound coin.

The company says the hot weather has led to a lot of people using sprinklers, pressure washers, and getting the paddling pools out to keep children happy.

A hose/sprinkler uses around 1,000 litres an hour, jet washers use 36 litres a minute, and a paddling pool holds 400 litres, which is roughly the same as three people’s average daily usage.

With more people at home due to the coronavirus outbreak and the extended period of hot weather, it has led to the highest ever demand for treated water in Severn Trent’s history.

While the company’s reservoirs remain 85% full of raw water, the challenge is treating and pumping it out fast enough to meet demand.

Severn Trent’s treatment works are working flat out and producing and pumping out 2.3bn litres of treated water each and every day ­— 95mlitres every hour.

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