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Ten top tips on how to save water in the hot spell

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Four children splashing around in a paddling pool. Credit: Digital Vision

Four children splashing around in a paddling pool. Credit: Digital Vision

Four children splashing around in a paddling pool. Credit: Digital Vision

With the warm weather comes the inevitable threat to the water supplies in Northern Ireland.

And with warnings already issued over the use of water as temperatures soar and demand on the network rises during the heatwave, NI Water is set to embark on a new awareness campaign.

Director of customer operations Des Nevin said if the current demand continues, it will lead to failures in the system and some customers will lose supply or suffer low pressure.

NI Water has issued 10 top tips to save water:

  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. A running tap can use six litres of water per minute.
  • Take shorter showers. Why not challenge yourself and your family to shower one minute quicker? In a year you could save up to 10,000 litres of water.
  • If you have to wash a car use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose;
  • Lawns are great survivors - a sprinkler can use as much as 1,000 litres of clean drinking water in a single hour; more than a family of four would use in a whole day. Even when they look dry and brown, they will spring back with the first heavy rain.
  • Use a bowl to wash and prepare vegetables and prepare your vegetables. Then you can use the water to rinse your recycling bin.
  • Half load programmes on washing machines use more than half the water and energy of a full load, so wait until the machine is full before switching it on.
  • Turning off the tap while washing your hands or shaving can save over 6 litres of water every minute.
  • Fix leaking taps. A dripping tap can waste more than 60 litres of water per week.
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge. Planning ahead means there is no need to run the water until it gets cold.
  • Fill the kettle with only as much water as you need.

Mr Nevin said: “We are asking our customers to help us, especially over the next few days. We know from the increase in our night usage some customers are leaving sprinklers and hoses on overnight – please stop.

“A hose uses more water in one hour than the average family uses in a whole day.

“While it is tempting, please avoid using swimming or paddling pools this weekend. Filling a 12ft swimming pool uses the same amount of water 500 people use for daily handwashing”.

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