Water shortage 2018 – ailing water company United Utilities tells customers to water their garden with BATH WATER amid heatwave

United Utilities, which operates in the North West of England, said the lack of rain has dried up its reservoirs, leaving water levels drastically lower than usual for this time of year.

In a statement posted on its website, the company said: "We’ve taken the decision to introduce a hosepipe ban across most of the North West on the 5th August."

The ban means customers will not be allowed to use either a hosepipe or sprinkler to water their gardens.

They were also told not to fill up paddling pools, or face fines of up to £1,000, according to reports.

Instead, customers were advised to water their gardens with bath water after using it to clean themselves.

The statement added: "Please use a watering can instead or, even better, reuse any water from the home such as water from washing up bowls or bath water.

"We know hosepipe bans can be inconvenient but by taking these steps now we can make sure we have enough water for more essential things like drinking, washing and cooking."

The North West is the second region facing a hosepipe ban after Northern Ireland.

Water in the region is stored in open reservoirs so when it stops raining they stop filling up.

The United Utilities water restrictions

  • Watering a garden and/or plants using a hosepipe
  • Cleaning a private car, van, motorbike, trailer, caravan or leisure boat using a hosepipe
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming pool, paddling pool or ornamental fountain
  • Cleaning walls or windows using a hosepipe
  • Using a water from a hosepipe for domestic recreational use
  • Cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe
  • Cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe.

This year the UK has experienced its driest June since 1976, and the hot weather is likely to continue through the rest of July.

But the dry weather is not the only reason for the water shortage. United Utilities has come under fire for wasting water during the heatwave.

According to the BBC, the water company loses 25% of its supplies through leaking pipes, which amounts to 439.2 million litres a day.

That is the equivalent of more than one and a half bath tubs of water for every property, every day.


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