With the heatwave set to continue across the North West, engineers from water company United Utilities are busy behind the scenes, making sure water supplies continue to meet unprecedented demand.

The record temperatures are setting new records for water consumption, with the region’s 3 million households and 200,000 businesses tapping into 1,958 million litres yesterday, 200 million litres more than usual.

That amount is the largest ever recorded in recent memory and experts predict the daily amount  could top 2 billion litres later this week.

Highest demand is from urban communities where people having more showers and watering their gardens is thought to be the reason behind the surge.

The record demand is prompting water company experts to urge people to go easy on the environment by following a few simple steps.

Dr Martin Padley, the company’s director of water and scientific services said: “Everyone’s enjoying the warm, dry weather but it’s worth remembering that being water wise helps everyone.  “While our reservoirs are still more than three quarters full, as you’d expect, all this activity means we are sensibly putting well-rehearsed procedures in place to preserve water wherever we can and we would encourage others to do the same by reducing waste. It’s easy to do and could even save energy and money.”


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