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People urged to use water wisely as heatwave continues

People have been asked to use water wisely.
People have been asked to use water wisely.

Water companies are starting to ask customers to conserve supplies by not using hosepipes or water sprinklers during the heatwave.

The first hosepipe ban began in Northern Ireland on Friday, and Severn Trent Water has also urged people to be “careful with their water”.

There are no water shortages in the North East, but experts say it is good practice for everyone to be careful.

Martin Lunn, head of technical strategy for Northumbrian Water, said: “Our water supplies remain healthy at this time, and we are keeping a close eye on this as the warm weather continues.

“We have seen an increase in demand over the past week. But our message remains as it always is and we’re asking customers to use water wisely to help us manage supplies.

“Even small changes can make a big difference, so if you are watering plants do it early in the morning or later in the evening so they can absorb the moisture, remember to turn the tap off when brushing your teeth, and try to cut a minute off your morning shower.

“Whilst there is no overall shortage of water it is always important that people use water wisely, ensuring we don′t waste this precious resource.”