Drought 2012 - Restrictions Lifted from 8th July 2012
Southern Water and South Eastern Water have lifted restrictions and a hose pipe ban from the 8th July 2012. Although water restrictions have been lifted it is still good practise to save water where you can as underground supplies are still lower than would be desired.
Simple Ways You Can Save Water
- Don't leave the tap running. Whether brushing your teeth, shaving or washing dishes
- Have a shower instead of a bath and take a shorter shower.
- Use appliances when they are full, half load cycles use more than half the energy and water of a full load
- Use the cold water that comes through before a tap runs hot, and use it to water plants
- Buy a water butt for your garden. Water Butt offer (external link)
- Use a flush saver in your toilet cistern, they are free from your Water Company
Useful Links for Saving Water
- Southern Water - Save A Flush Bags (external link)
- South East Water - Water Efficiency Advice (external link)
- South East Water Report A Leak (external link)
- Southern Water - Report a leak (external link)
Drought And The Environment Agency
The Environment Agency role is to protect the environment by minimising the impact of drought, while making sure there's enough water for people. They have up to date website information and advice about the drought. Environment Agency Drought Website (external link)
They also have a 24 hour hotline you can call to report such things as green coloured water (algal bloom) or fish gasping for air. Telephone 0800 80 70 60
Drought And The Countryside
Help Prevent Forest Fires. Don't make an open fire. Pick up your litter, don't leave glass bottles lying around (sunlight through glass acts like a magnifying glass and can start fires).
Only use barbecue equipment in suitable and safe areas and never leave it unattended. If you see a fire in the countryside, ring 999. You should not try and tackle it yourself unless it is small enough to be put out with a bucket of water.
Make sure you put out cigarettes properly and don't throw the ends on the ground.
What Wealden District Council Are Doing
Wealden are part of the Sussex Resilience Forum, we meet partner organisations to assess the effect of the drought on the environment, supplies to vulnerable people and businesses.