Although temperatures are not predicted to soar quite like this time last year, the water company is asking customers to think first before reaching for paddling pools, hot tubs and hosepipes this weekend.
Research has shown that a paddling pool can use up to 450L of water, and a hot tub can use up to 1,500L – which is the equivalent of 882 standard-sized kettles.
It also showed that using a hosepipe for one hour can use 100 litres of water – whereas keeping a water butt in your garden can collect up to 200L in a more environmentally-friendly way.
Last year, with the combination of the record-breaking temperatures and the pandemic forcing people to holiday at home, there was a significant increase in demand.
Martin Lunn, Head of Water Service Planning at Essex & Suffolk Water, said: “Although we might not see similar weather to last year, and it might possibly rain over the weekend, it’s still really important to be mindful of the water we use in order to protect our environment.”
“In 2020, we saw a big increase in water demand during the summer, starting from the May bank holiday.
“Although we're used to managing demand and have tried and tested plans in place, we still need customers to play their part by using water wisely, so that we can continue to manage supplies and keep the water flowing.
“Our water stores are healthy for this time of year, but using things like hot tubs or paddling pools can pull on our resources – so if you do decide to use things like this, make sure you get the best out of them.
“For example, if you’re using a paddling pool this weekend, you can re-use the water afterwards to water your plants or wash your car.
"Even small changes can make a big difference, so make sure you’re doing all you can to be mindful this summer, whatever the weather.”
For more information on how to save water, go to www.eswater.co.uk/summer.