With one of the country's largest water companies announcing a hosepipe ban in the North West, and further warm, dry weather expected, could there be a hosepipe ban in the Midlands?
Around 7,000,000 people are told they aren't allowed to use a hosepipe, as United Utilities said it needed to safeguard its water supplies. It will come into force on 5 August.
But in the Midlands, Severn Trent says it does not expect to follow suit with hosepipe ban, also known as a Temporary Use Ban.
The company has issued tips for saving water, as the heatwave continues:
- Put garden sprinklers away – a sprinkler can use as much as 1,000 litres of drinking water in just one hour – which is more water than a family of four would normally use in a whole day
- Take a shower rather than a bath - It uses 40 litres less water and it’s quicker
- Put off filling the paddling pool as an 8ft paddling pool uses 2,300 litres of water which is more than a typical household uses in a week
- Use a bucket and sponge rather than a hose. If you clean your car for 30 minutes you’ll use 50 times less water with a bucket instead of a hose