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Southern Water urges customers ‘reduce your use’

The water company has offered tips to customers to help them save water such as ‘using water butts to water plants’.

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With soaring temperatures set to continue through the weekend utility company, Southern Water are asking householders and businesses to take care to reduce wasted water.

When warm weather hits, demand for water soars by as much as 70 per cent compared to cooler times and as the heat wave continues it is placing unprecedented demand on water supplies across the South East of England.

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Southern Water have said:

“We are not in drought restrictions and have water for your everyday use. We are currently supplying an extra 77 million litres of water a day across the region compared with a week ago – that’s nearly nine million watering cans full.”

They are calling on customers to use water sparingly in the garden, refrain from washing cars or filling paddling pools to help them refill the network.

Ben Earl, water efficiency manager at Southern Water said:

“Water is a precious resource and it’s important that we all do what we can to reduce wastage, come rain or shine.

“Our customers are already among the most water efficient in the country but their are simple things you can do to reduce waste – and cut your water bill.

“In the heat wave, people should be neighbourly – preserve supplies by using water butts to water plants – brown lawns recover quickly.

“Other tips include simple measures such as turning off taps when you’re brushing your teeth, swapping a bath for a four-minute shower and watering your garden with harvested rain can make a huge difference to water supply levels across the region.”

Read: How West Sussex residents can save water and money during the heatwave

Southern Water’s work to protect water resources includes an increased focus on fixing leaks on its 13,700-kilometre network of water mains.

“During 2018 we are offering one free fix on customer supply pipes between the meter and the front door. This is a £2.3 million give-away as normally customers must pay to fix pipes on their land.”

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Goodbye summer! Winter hours begin at West Sussex waste sites

New opening times start in October.

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From 1 October 2018, winter opening hours at all 11 Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) in West Sussex will come into effect.

The opening hours for all sites will be 9am until 4pm and times will be in place until 31 March 2019.

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There will be changes to the days some sites are open. Burgess Hill, Chichester, Worthing, and Crawley will open for six days a week during the winter months. Chichester will close on Tuesdays and Burgess Hill, Worthing, and Crawley will close on Thursdays.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“The changes are based around the demand for services at different times of the year.

“Reducing opening hours during the quieter winter allows us to keep sites open for longer in the summer months when demand is at its highest.”

Further information on Household Waste Recycling Sites can be found at www.recycleforwestsussex.org

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