Residents urged not to waste water

Dales gardeners are being encouraged to be water wise this bank holiday.

Severn Trent Water is sounding a note of caution and asking people to be ‘water wise’ in whatever they do outdoors.

Doug Clarke, water efficiency manager said: “We all want to keep our gardens looking their best. The temptation is to get the hosepipe or sprinkler out and leave it running. But this approach can use as much as 1,000 litres of drinking water, or 220 gallons, in just one hour. To put it in perspective, that’s more water than a family of four would normally use in a whole day!

“And when we do get a shower or two, that’s probably all your garden needs. And it’s the perfect time to collect rainwater in a water butt, that way you can keep the garden watered without using water from the tap.”

Gardeners shouldn’t worry about the health of their lawns – in fact, watering established lawns is not only wasteful and unnecessary, but can cause many common lawn problems. Watering encourages shallow rooting, which in turn means the lawn is more at risk in dry conditions. So once you start watering, you can’t stop.

Severn Trent reports that its reservoir levels across the region are looking good for this time of year, at over 80 per cent full on average.

“We’re in a strong position at the moment as far as our water resources are concerned, and we’re not expecting to have any issues this year. However, if we all get into good water usage habits now, then the better placed our water supplies will be if we don’t get a lot of rain later in the year. There are plenty of water saving tips on our website at” said Doug.