Trinity reduces water use amid drought warnings

Cesar Mills
July 4, 2018

"Yesterday (Saturday, June 30) an additional half a billion litres was used and it has been the same today".

From this week, and until demand for water in the Rugby area reduces, the council's parks team will stop using sprinklers or automatic hose pipes to water baskets, containers or planted areas - instead watering by hand.

"We know some customers are seeing a drop in pressure during peak times".

In addition, it is banned to fill or maintain a domestic pond (excluding fish ponds), an ornamental fountain (with the exception of such use for commercial purposes) and use of water for filling or replenishing an artificial pond (excluding fish ponds), lake or similar application, using a hosepipe.

"By helping us, you are in fact helping yourself, as the ultimate penalty for using water unnecessarily is not a fine it is the heightened risk of widespread supply interruptions".

Chief Executive Sara Venning thanked some local businesses who lent NI Water their tankers over the weekend to help their efforts to meet demand.

Try these easy tips in the house and garden and see how much water you can save.

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Yorkshire Water are also encouraging customers to order a free water-saving pack, which contains a four-minute shower timer, save-a-flush toilet cistern bag, tap inserts and a shower regulator.

Even if you do it innocently, wasting water during a drought can bring with it some serious consequences. Please turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth or shaving. However, the demand of 582 million litres a day is well above last year's figure. However, it has called for staff and students to only use water when absolutely necessary.

College will use water drawn from wells for any landscape watering on campus.

Choose less thirsty plants - try planting drought-resistant plants, such as geraniums.

"There will be no cost to farmers; the water will be free of charge where they collect it from", Laffey added.

Buy a water butt - a water butt collects the rain from your roof, so you can give your plants a drink.

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