In most developed countries, accessing clean water is as easy as turning on a tap. Here in the UK and beyond, many of us are guilty of taking water for granted. We pour litres of water down the drain without a thought. We brush our teeth, shower, bathe and flush the toilet without really thinking about it. It’s a sobering thought that there are still around 1.1 billion people who don’t have access to safe drinking water. And around 2.7 billion people find water difficult to access for at least one month of the year.
Drought conditions in the UK
Although in the UK, we’re fortunate to have access to clean running water, some places have been declared to be in drought. Whilst there’s no single definition for drought, one way of describing it is a prolonged period of unusually low rainfall. This in turn leads to a shortage of water – something we’re not really used to.
Last year, many areas had much lower than average rainfall for July and now some places have imposed hosepipe bans. Thames Water for example has told their London customers that extreme temperatures and this summer’s heatwave had resulted in the highest demand for water in more than 25 years.
With this in mind, they’re advising that “Domestic customers should not use hosepipes for cleaning cars, watering gardens or allotments, filling paddling pools and swimming pools and cleaning windows.” Failing to comply with this legislation can result in a fine up to £1000. The last hosepipe ban was in 2018 when we had another summer of scorching hot weather and little rain. And officials say this is the driest year since the famous heatwave of 1976.
It’s thought that drought conditions may continue here in the UK through to the autumn and possibly into the new year. This is alongside fears that droughts will become a more common occurrence generally. This has led to experts urging everyone to rethink their water usage and be more mindful.
How can I save water at work?
If you’re a responsible business, you’ll likely be thinking about various ways to save water in the office. There are lots of simple things you can do, such as fix any leaking taps, and don’t leave any water running unnecessarily. Also, you can switch to an energy-efficient water tap, and ditch the office kettle. Make sure that your team is aware that water saving is a priority. For some more top tips, head to our water-saving blog.
What’s World Water Day?
World Water Day is an annual event held on March 22nd to raise awareness about the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The event focuses on the need for everyone, everywhere to have access to clean, safe and affordable water.
There are numerous activities worldwide that take place in support of this day, including educational campaigns, public events, social media posts and volunteer projects. World Water Day has also been used as a platform to discuss issues related to global climate change and its effect on our water resources.
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Here at FreshGround, we’re committed to providing quality water to our customers and offer a wide range of sleek and contemporary water dispensers. Simply contact us if you’d like to supply your office team with filtered chilled, boiling, sparkling or ambient filtered water.