As the North East basks in the recent warm weather, Northumbrian Water is encouraging its customers to use water wisely.



While water supplies in the region remain at healthy levels for this time of year, the company says it is good practice for everyone to be careful not to be wasteful of what is a valuable natural resource.


The water company has seen an increase in demand recently, with both the warm weather and the coronavirus pandemic resulting in people spending more time at home, using more water.


Martin Lunn, Head of Water Service Planning for Northumbrian Water said: "Our water supplies remain healthy at this time and we are keeping a close eye on this as we experience more warm weather and people remain at home. We have seen an increase in demand over recent weeks, but we're used to managing demand and dry weather so we have tried and tested plans in place.


"However, we would ask our customers to work with us and use water wisely, so that we can continue to manage supplies and keep the water flowing.


"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."


Top tips for saving water -

  • Water plants in the evening or first thing in the morning, to retain moisture in the soil.
  • Don't fill the paddling pool to the top - you could save 30 litres of water per inch saved.
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge so you have cool and refreshing water to hand, saving you running the tap.
  • Use a watering can to water the garden, instead of a hose or sprinkler system.
  • Use a bucket rather than a hose to wash the car.
  • Have a refreshing shower rather than a bath and save 10 litres every time. By taking shorter showers (aim for four minutes per day) - you can save up to 17 litres per day.
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth and save 6 litres of water each time.
  • Use full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine.
  • Get a water butt to collect rainwater. This gives you a free supply of water to use in the garden during warmer periods.
  • Report any leaks you spot so that they can be fixed quickly - visit or call 0800 526 337.


Customers should continue to wash their hands regularly using soap to help stop coronavirus spreading.


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