Drought

Recent wet weather has replenished water supplies in the Thames Valley but we should still be careful with our use of water especially if we have a period of hot, dry weather.

What can you do to save water?

  • Take a short shower rather than a bath (or a shallow bath if you can't shower)
  • Don't leave taps running  on full when brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your hands
  • Use rainwater for the garden wherever possible
  • Don't water the lawn with tap water - it will grow back, even if it turns brown

Private water supplies

If your water isn't supplied by a mains network, drought conditions might cause additional problems such as water supplies running dry or the quality of the water abstracted being undrinkable.

If your private water supply provides water for homes or businesses you should have a water safety plan which will help you manage the eventuality that the supply fails. Guidance on water safety plans can be found on the World Health Organisation website.

If you are concerned with the quality of your water please call your local council who can arrange for a sample to be taken. 

More information can be found on the following websites:

Anglian Water

South East Water

 Thames Water

 Affinity Water

World Health Organisation