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Demand for water in Yorkshire reached new levels yesterday. Yorkshire Water provided five million customers with 1.42 billion litres of water – a record high for the year so far.
Since the heatwave began, Yorkshire Water’s customers have been cooling off and quenching their thirst with around 100 million litres a day more than the 1.3 billion they usually get through.
The additional water being used is enough to fill 40 Olympic swimming pools everyday.
While groundwater, rivers and reservoirs are all relatively healthy for this time of year, the current increase in demand has led to the company increasing output from its 63 water treatment works.
Signs have gone up along the Rochdale canal in the Calder Valley urging boaters to use water sparingly while temperatures are high.
"The county’s many waterways are popular destinations for people during the summer months, which can make them dangerous places for those who take risks.
"It may be very appealing to jump into the water to cool off on a warm summer’s day but people need to be aware of how dangerous it really is. Water can look calm on the surface but contain unseen debris and, rivers in particular, can have treacherous undercurrents.
"Furthermore, the temperature of deep water is much colder than people would expect and, even on a hot summer’s day, rarely gets above freezing.
There are concerns from police in North Lincolnshire after receiving reports of youngsters playing in the River Ancholme, in Brigg.
Officers were most recently made aware of a group of teenagers swimming in the Ancholme near Scawby Brook, Brigg on the evening of Tuesday 16 July.
The concerned member of the public contacted police and stated that throughout the recent hot spell teenagers had been seen there quite regularly.
The Canal & River Trust are urging boaters on the Rochdale Canal through the Calder Valley to conserve water supplies in the hot weather. Water levels have dropped on some stretches of the waterway because of the extreme heat and lack of rain.
There's already a legal minimum indoor temperature but there is no equivalent if it gets too warm - but there soon could be. A group of politicians from our region are demanding that workers be sent home if their workplace reaches 30 degrees.
A group of MPs is calling on the government to introduce a rule which would mean workers are sent home when temperatures reach 30C.
The group of politicians, led by Labour MP Linda Riordan, has tabled an Early Day Motion which argues that a legal maximum workplace temperature would cut down on accidents on the job.
Employees doing strenuous work would be sent home when temperatures reached 27C.
Eight Labour MPs have signed the proposal.
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