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Severn Trent urges Solihull rsidents to conserve water

WATER company Severn Trent says it will take more than a few showers to restore reservoirs to healthier levels.

WATER company Severn Trent says it will take more than a few showers to restore reservoirs to healthier levels.

“In spite of the recent rainfall – and further showers promised – we’ve experienced the driest seven-month start to a year since 1929,” said Severn Trent senior operations manager Fraser Pithie.

“As a result, most of our reservoirs are only three-quarters full, and one or two are only just over the 50 per cent mark. And while it might not be a popular thing to wish for during the summer holidays, what we need is more rain, spread over several days and weeks, so the reservoirs across the region can be replenished.”

Severn Trent is repeating its appeal to customers to help do their part by conserving water supplies and using the resource wisely.

“When it’s raining outside it’s hard to think about conserving water, but it’s really important, and we can all do something to help – whether it’s turning off that hosepipe, fixing the dripping tap, taking a shorter shower or using the dishwasher only when it’s full,” said Fraser.

The company is asking people to:

• Challenge yourself to take a shorter shower – you’ll save energy as well as water – the combined savings can be significant!

• Do you leave your tap running while brushing your teeth or shaving? A running tap can waste up to nine litres of water every minute.

• If you have a modern, dual flush toilet, use the small flush when you can. Older cisterns use up to 13 litres of water for every flush, but if you put in a save-a-flush device you can save one litre every time you flush. Free save-a-flush devices are available from us by visiting

• A dripping tap won’t go away! Have leaks repaired as soon as you notice them. A leaky tap takes its toll on water reserves – just one drop a second adds up to 15 litres a day.

• Avoid filling up a kettle to brew one cuppa, or using a big saucepan of water to boil a few potatoes. Use the minimum amount of water necessary – again you’ll save energy too!

• Wash fruit and vegetables in a bowl of water rather then under a running tap. Then use the water to give your houseplants a drink instead of just pouring it away.

• Use a bucket and sponge to wash vehicles, not a hosepipe.

• Try keeping a bottle or jug of water in the fridge instead of turning on the tap until the water runs cold.

• Half-load programmes on dishwashers and washing machines use more than half the water and energy of a full load. It’s more efficient to wait until you have a full load before switching the machine on.



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
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