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article imageCOVID-19 plus heat-wave signals water shortages over the summer

By Tim Sandle     Jun 12, 2020 in Environment
People in the U.K. have been asked to preserve water, in the facing of impending water shortages. This is something that has been driven by the recent heatwave and a consequence of more people working at home as a result of COVID-19.
People in the U.K. are being asked by local authorities to conserve water. This is the result of a climbing demand for water during the COVID-19 lockdown. Here Britons are facing pleas to conserve as much water as possible. Not only is this due to people being at home more; people are also washing their hands more often, as part of attempts to reduce viral transmission.
Welsh Water, for instance, confirmed they are currently experiencing a higher demand for water than during 2018’s heatwaves, so much so, hosepipe bans and drought fears are on the cards. Fortunately, Britain is taking greater control over its water use than ever before. This is something derived from a new survey from SaveMoneyCutCarbon, totled 'Energy & Water Survey of Great Britain 2020'. This poll which indicates people are generally conserving water, even during the COVID-19 lockdown.
For instance, the online survey, which consisted of 2,633 respondents, revealed shows that almost 79 percent of the U.K. population are turning off taps while brushing their teeth. Furthermore some 29 percent of people are using water butts in order to collect and re-use rainwater for their gardens or washing the vehicles.
In a statement sent to Digital Journal, Mark Sait, CEO of SaveMoneyCutCarbon says: "That’s an active adoption of a water-saving measure."
Drawing in a second example, Sait notes: "Let’s also not forget that 73 percent of people taking showers are under the water for less than ten minutes each day". in relation to this measure, 70 percent of people are reportedly turning off their taps while washing up.
In essence, the SaveMoneyCutCarbon’s survey indicates that the U.K. public are already making major strides forward in terms of water conservation. This strategy is important if a drought is to be avoided.
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