The National Federation of Group Water Schemes (NFGWS) is asking group water scheme members to please conserve water and check for leaks at home and on the farm during this particularly dry spell.
As the high water demand currently being experienced has potential implications drinking water sources, members are urged to use water wisely and to avoid all unnecessary use. Community-owned group water schemes regularly notice a surge in demand during hot, dry weather events. This is both due to human water usage and a rise in the amount of drinking water needed for livestock on farms. Along with having less source water available, the increase in water demand can put pressure on treatment systems.
In keeping with the co-operative ethos of the sector, community effort is necessary to help ensure continuity of supply. It is vitally important that everyone makes a concerted effort to protect water availability.
Barry Deane, CEO of the NFGWS, said:
Although we may be enjoying the warm weather, we must always be vigilant about the impact it can have on our drinking water. During dry periods, the levels of drinking water sources deplete but the demand for water tends to increase; especially on farms and other businesses.
Everyone can play a role by being more water aware and making every effort to reduce our use. GWS members should also report any leaks they see on the roadside etc. to their local group water scheme as soon as possible.
To conserve water, people should avoid running their taps for prolonged periods. For example, fill a jug of water and keep it in the fridge, instead of running a tap multiple times a day.
Also, avoid the unnecessary use of hosepipes and power washers. Paddling pools — while great fun — can also waste a large amount of water. Farmers are asked to regularly check their drinking troughs and other areas of the farm for leaks.
Visit our water conservation section for further 22 water conservation tips to help maintain supply.