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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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77-year-old man critical in hospital after being robbed by 3 men in Crawley Boulevard

A despicable crime in daylight in the towns city centre.

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A 77 year-old-man is in a critical condition this evening (22nd July) after he was robbed in Crawley town centre.

Following an initial call from the ambulance service, police were called at 15:49 where the man who was on a mobilty scooter was in cardiac arrest.

Police immediately taped off the surrounding area and multiple units were called to the scene.

3 males were arrested for robbery which the police suspect took place near the public toilets close to Marks and Spencer.

The victim is currently in a critical condition after he was flown by helicopter to St Georges Hospital.

Police are still in the early stages of the investigation and are appealing for any witnesses that may have seen the incident in the Boulevard around this time.

If you have any information please contact Sussex Police using 101 and OP SALZBURG Cad no. 0959/22072018 or contact crime stoppers on 0800 555 111

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