Northumbrian Water is appealing for customers to be mindful of their water usage as the Met Office issued an amber weather warning for the North East.

Although the company have said that water supplies are in a healthy position, they have shared some helpful advice for customers after water demand across the North East recently increased by around 20 per cent and thought to be as a result of the use of hot tubs, paddling pools and hosepipes being used more in the heat.

Customers are advised to save water by doing simple things like swapping sprinklers for watering cans, refraining from washing your car during dry weather, or having a four-minute shower instead of a bath.

The water body also suggested keeping a water butt in your garden that can collect up to 200L of water to keep your plants alive in a more environmentally-friendly way.

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Colin Day, head of water service planning at Northumbrian Water, said: “Fresh water is not in infinite supply, and our population is growing with increased urbanisation.   

“Although our reservoirs are in a healthy position for this time of year, and we are used to managing high periods of demand, now is the time that our customers can really help us to keep the water flowing.

“By using items such as paddling pools and hot tubs, it can pull heavily on our resources – meaning sometimes the water is being used faster than it can be treated into drinking water.          

“When our customers use water wisely, not only are they helping us to protect our resources but they are helping to protect our environment too – which is why we are asking that simple small changes are made.”

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