Reducing water consumption and abstraction helps to maintain natural wetland habitats - vital for wildlife and natural processes such as minimising flood risk and water purification.
The Wildlife Trusts are working with water companies to help promote water efficiency. Here are a few words from Andy Brown, Anglian Water’s Climate Change & Environmental Performance Manager on the drought in Spring 2012 and how Anglian Water are trying to link the state of wetland habitats with domestic water consumption.
“At Anglian Water we try very hard to help our customers understand the links between the water they drink, cook and wash with and the water in our rivers and wetlands.
“We share this most precious of natural resources with the wildlife and wild places that help to define our region and make it such fantastic place to live and work. By making better use of water in our everyday lives we can all help to ensure there is enough to go around, now and into the future.”
“Our customers and those from other drought affected areas have really made a fantastic effort to save water. There is no doubt that they have helped to keep water in the environment and we thank them for that.
“The drought and the recent heavy rain have both been sharp reminders of just how reliant we are on nature to provide us with the water we need to live.
Saving water for wildlife
Simple tips for saving water include turning off the tap when brushing teeth, or washing fruit and veg in a bowl rather than under a running tap. The Wildlife Trusts have also put together a downloadable guide to helping wildlife in the garden during the drought.
Seven water companies in England announced a hosepipe ban commencing on Thursday 5 April 2012. Water companies are offering advice on how to reduce water use and providing free water-saving devices for the home. Further information can be found on the websites for Anglian Water and Thames Water, as well as the Waterwise website.