Severn Trent asks customers to use water carefully to avoid low water pressure in homes

Severn Trent says high demand for water during the current heatwave could lead to some homes experiencing low water pressure.

With the region basking in the hottest June for 40 years, Severn Trent has confirmed that, while it always expected to see an increase in demand for water, usage has been significantly more than normal.

Customers are using millions of litres more water every single day as they enjoy the sun and high temperatures. With the hot weather set to continue, the company is asking customers to use water carefully, to help avoid any issues with pressures dropping during peak demand in the mornings and evenings.

Severn Trent has confirmed that they have plenty of water stored and reservoir levels are healthy. That water however, then needs to be treated through its treatment works before being pumped into supply.

As fast as it is being produced and put into supply, it is being used by customers which can cause isolated areas of low pressure for people.

The company has increased its production capacity by millions of extra litres a day, but it’s also asking customers to be ‘neighbourly’ and help to use their water carefully.

This includes taking showers instead of baths, refraining from using garden sprinklers and put off washing their cars.

Water efficiency manager, Doug Clarke, said: “We know how tempting it is to fill the paddling pool up, or get the sprinkler going, but to put things into perspective, a sprinkler can use as much as 1,000 litres of drinking water in just one hour.

“We urge everyone to play their part and be extra careful with their water, especially during peak times.”