Water pressure problems in parts of the Midlands has been blamed on gardeners using hosepipes and sprinklers overnight. As a result, Severn Trent Water are asking their customers not to use hosepipes and sprinklers overnight.
Marcus O’Kane, water resources manager for Severn Trent said: “This weekend, in addition to what our customers would normally use, we supplied an extra 350 million litres of water”. This weekend just gone having been the hottest of 2013 so far.
Severn Trent say that gardeners shouldn’t worry about the condition of their lawns as “watering established lawns is not only wasteful and unnecessary, but can cause many common lawn problems”.
Interestingly Severn Trent finish off by pointing out their policy on hosepipe/sprinkler use: “If you choose to use a garden sprinkler or other automatic garden watering devices you must have a meter fitted. This is because these devices can use more water in an hour than a family of four does in two days! Plus, if you use a sprinkler during hot, dry weather, demand can soar and affect supplies to other customers”
See their full press release here: Don’t sprinkle while you sleep
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