Northumbrian Water have thanked North East residents for their recent water-saving efforts – but have urged them not to be complacent as the August Bank Holiday looms.

Last month, Northumbrian Water warned that it was seeing unprecedented demand for water as the impact of staycations and people continuing to work from home saw a significant increase in the amount of water being used.


As sprinklers, hot tubs and paddling pools were being used increasingly, the amount of water being used was 25% higher than anticipated across the region.


However, following an appeal urging customers to be more mindful of their usage, as well as a drop in temperature, the demand decreased to a steady level as expected for this time of year.


Although the region is not expected to see temperatures to soar quite like we saw last month,  the water company are asking customers to continue these good habits as we look forward to the next Bank Holiday weekend. 


Martin Lunn, Head of Water Service Planning at Northumbrian Water, said: “We are very thankful of the great efforts by our customers to help reduce their water consumption following the unprecedented demand we were seeing a few weeks ago.


“Although it may feel like it, the summer is not over yet, and we may still see some familiar warm temperatures towards the end of the month.


“So, we are asking once again that customers can carry on with their water-saving routine in order to protect our precious water supplies, and our environment.


“We know that fresh water is not in infinite supply, and our population is growing with increased urbanisation – which is why it is so important to do all we can to preserve our environment for generations to come.”


The water company are asking customers to turn the sprinklers off, use a watering can for watering veg instead of a hose, and avoid using things like hot tubs and paddling pools.


Martin added: “Since we have recently seen a fair bit of rain across the region, there is no need to water your lawn or have sprinklers on.


“Grass can survive for four to six weeks without being watered at all.


“And for your other plants, you can swap that hose for a watering can – as the small changes make the biggest difference for our environment.”


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