Public urged to use water supplies wisely

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NI Water is urging people to use water wisely in the current heatwave.

NI Water supplies around 560 million litres of water each day and the demand on water supply is expected to increase by approximately 8% by 2030. To meet this increase in demand, customers should be more aware of their water usage.

As Maynard Cousley, Acting Head of Water Supply at NI Water encouraged people not to waste water:“Over two thirds of our total usage is in fact in the bathroom, and this is where we can start to reduce our use. In Northern Ireland, 423 million litres of water are flushed down toliets each year. Across the UK, that’s 740 billion litres of water which is enough to fill 300,000 Olympic sized swimming pools!

“In the bathroom, we can reduce wastage by turning off unused taps and fixing dripping taps, to having a shower instead of a bath. In the garden, using mulch in the soil will stop water evaporation, or gel bags for hanging baskets.

“NI Water recommends cutting the lawn and water plants in the evening time.”

If you are aware of waste of water through leaks or fire hydrant abuse in your area, please contact NI Water’s Leakline on 0800 282 011.