Hosepipe ban just came into effect this evening, which has made watering the garden a nuisance as I'm having to do it with watering cans.
I don't think I was using lots of excess water with the hose anyway, so I reckon the savings there are pretty small.
I'm clearly not just going to let all the plants and the lawn die.
What irritates me is that the what had precipitated (excuse the pun) this ban is the increase in water use from about 160 litres a day to 200 litres a day, which in a population of 1.8 million is 72 million litres a day, when leaks in the mains supply accounts for over 160 million litres a day.
I don't see why I should not water my garden when NI water cant be bothered to fix their leaks.
It's the equivalent to having the fuel line leaking in my car so under hard acceleration the engine is starved of fuel, and suggesting the solution is to avoid accelerating.
Obviously leaks can't be reduced to 0, but that's 37% of our water wasted in leaks, a figure which doesn't appear to have improved since 2002. Even worse, NI water regard this as "hitting their target" as we're only wasting 161 million litres a day rather than 167 million.
(Figures from NI water public accounts publications)
We live in a country where it rains 50% of the year, surely water shortages in summer are avoidable?
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