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  1. Published on: 17/06/2020 03:18 PMReported by: roving-eye
    Life, as we know it, has changed so much since the Covid-19 outbreak and with many more of us at home we have seen a big increase in the demand for water across the North West.

    Thankfully we’ve enjoyed some wonderful weather recently which is a good thing during these difficult times. Last month was the driest May on record in England and the sunniest start to the Spring since records began in 1929. To meet the extra demand we have put an additional 7 billion litres of water into the network of pipes to ensure taps keep flowing.

    The increase in water use due to Covid-19, combined with exceptionally dry weather, has resulted in our reservoirs being much lower than we would like them to be at this time of year.

    The rain over the last few days, which has been sudden and resulted in flash flooding in some parts, has not been enough to make much of a difference, as we’re still using water quicker than the reservoirs can fill up.

    The longer-term outlook suggests average rainfall with warmer temperatures and with many more of us likely to stay at home for holidays this year, we’re now asking for your help to save water where you can so we have enough to see us through the summer.

    Some really simple things can make a huge difference in how much water can be saved:

    Turning off the tap every time you brush your teeth saves around six litres a minute.
    Spend just a minute less in the shower or have a shower instead of a bath, which can also save up to 50 litres every time.
    Avoid using sprinklers and hosepipes which can save an incredible 1,000 litres an hour!
    Only use the dishwasher when its full – we are all at home creating more dishes so turning the dishwasher on only when its full can make a huge difference.
    Please help us now

    Our reservoir levels across the North West are getting to the point when we may need to take additional steps to protect our remaining water supplies. We know every drop counts so we’ve got extra teams spotting and repairing leaks across the region too.

    We’re grateful for your continued support in reporting leaks and are doing everything we can to avoid having to introduce any water restrictions. If we can all do our bit, small actions can make a huge difference and we can make sure there is enough for all our communities to enjoy this summer while we all also fight the virus.

    We’ve lots more advice and information on our website and some great water saving freebies. To get yours visit www.unitedutilities.com/savewater.

    If you’re home-schooling, we have some great resources for children to find out about the water cycle. There is also lots of support for customers who may be struggling financially as well as a free Priority Service scheme to provide additional support for customers due to age, disability or illness. Please have a look and do get in touch if you think you, or a loved one, could benefit from the support that is available. Information is available at www.unitedutilities.com.

    Following the Government advice on hand-washing to help stop the spread of Covid-19 is important to us all so finding other ways to save water where we can around the home or outdoors will mean we can keep the water flowing and the toilets flushing this summer for everyone in the North West.

    Thank you for all your help in these unprecedented times.

    Our very best wishes to you and your families
     

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  3. justbecause says:17/06/2020 04:26 PM
    I’ve been e.mailing United Utilities for weeks now, asking why they are wasting mine and your money by sponsoring Granada weather bulletins. They have the monopoly to supply our water in the North West, we can’t go anywhere else, we are tied to UU, so why are they wasting OUR money on T.V. advertising?

  4. Alikado says:17/06/2020 04:35 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by justbecause View Post
    I’ve been e.mailing United Utilities for weeks now, asking why they are wasting mine and your money by sponsoring Granada weather bulletins. They have the monopoly to supply our water in the North West, we can’t go anywhere else, we are tied to UU, so why are they wasting OUR money on T.V. advertising?
    Granada don't won't to upset Advertisers & Sponsors so they are making sure they don't get a bad press, so next time 100k people get cut off to a burst due to lack of maintenance the story will be it's an act of god and we are working so so hard to rectify the issue which is down to the Victorians installing inadequate infrastructure.

  5. MICK/GILLY says:17/06/2020 05:51 PM
    Imagine selling any other product in the same light.

    Here’s a product that everybody wants, it can be used for many things around the house, everyone can connect to it for £55 a month But sometimes we may not be able to supply you it all depends on the weather or which way the wind blows or if it escapes our system but if you all use our product less or not at all there may be enough to go around if your lucky. But don’t worry we will still charge you top money for it .
    I always thought they were a bit cheeky, hosepipe ban, water rebate!.

  6. Alikado says:18/06/2020 07:33 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by MICK/GILLY View Post
    Imagine selling any other product in the same light.

    Here’s a product that everybody wants, it can be used for many things around the house, everyone can connect to it for £55 a month But sometimes we may not be able to supply you it all depends on the weather or which way the wind blows or if it escapes our system but if you all use our product less or not at all there may be enough to go around if your lucky. But don’t worry we will still charge you top money for it .
    I always thought they were a bit cheeky, hosepipe ban, water rebate!.
    £55 a month, I'm paying half that on a meter, give it a try you can go back if you cancel within 18 months

  7. clive764 says:18/06/2020 09:22 AM
    A disgraceful communication.

    February 2020 was recorded as the wettest month on record. It is about time UU stopped making excuses and concentrated on their shameful leakage performance.


    Their customers pay top rates for their inefficient services, which they do not have any option, or choice, not to take. Unlike other utilities it is a monopoly provider for their particular area.

  8. said says:18/06/2020 11:25 AM
    Perhaps they should have considered this before selling off some of the reservoirs!

  9. MICK/GILLY says:18/06/2020 04:09 PM
    Leaks are a big problem the system is leaking like mad, a friend of mine who works for them was sent to overlook a small team that were working in a remote spot using high tech stuff and taking too long to locate a leak.
    There were fields all around with sun scorched surfaces all pretty much the same colour and one large circular area/spot in the distance had a lovely green texture to it and looked very healthy indeed.
    Yea he had found the leak in moments.
    I’ll be thinking now about a water meter .


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