Severn Trent sees highest-ever water demand in the Midlands after driest May for a century

People are using 20% more water, compared to a normal May, and some areas are using as much as 40% more, reports Severn Trent.

Severn Trent have appealed to Midlanders to help with saving water as it sees highest demand for water in history.

The demand comes following high temperatures and a notably dry May.

New figures for the region produced by weather analysis company Weatherquest have shown some areas in the Midlands received just 1mm of rain in May – that’s about a third the thickness of a pound coin.

On average, the central and southern parts of the Midlands received just five-to-ten per cent of their normal May rainfall. There are also some areas where there was rain on just one day in the entire month.

The dry weather has led to a drastic increase in people using sprinklers to keep their lawns green and plants blooming, with the higher than average temperatures also seeing people using pressure washers to clean their cars and fill hoses to fill garden pools to keep the little ones entertained.

Add to that the fact that people had to stay home due to the coronavirus outbreak, the period has led to the highest ever demand for treated water seen in Severn Trent’s entire history.

While the company’s reservoirs remain 85 per cent full of raw water, the challenge is treating and pumping it out fast enough to meet demand.

Their treatment works are working flat out by producing and pumping a staggering 2.3 billion litres of treated water every day.

On average, people are using 20% more water than normal, compared to a normal May, and some areas are using as much as 40% more, reported Severn Trent.

As a result, some areas, scattered across the Midlands, will see poor pressure and even loss of supply in the evenings as pipes cannot carry water fast enough to meet the demand.

To make sure water supplies are secure for friends, neighbours and the most vulnerable, Severn Trent is appealing to people to take a few simple steps to be more water-wise.

Liv Garfield, CEO at Severn Trent, commented: “Our treatment works are already working at maximum and our pipes are carrying treated water as fast as they can to everyone, but the huge spike in demand means we’re seeing poor pressures in some areas as people use it up as fast as we can get it to them.

“We know everyone’s enjoying the sunny weather, but we’re appealing for them to cut back on non-essential use, especially outside, where they can over the next week.

“That’ll really help us keep up and make sure everyone gets the water they need for handwashing, cooking and drinking.”