Water is becoming more precious than ever. Increases in population, changing lifestyles, pollution and shifts in weather patterns all place increasing demands on the fresh water that we have at our disposal.
In Jersey, as an island with limited underground reserves of water and no links to external water networks, we rely on rainfall for most of the mains water supplied. The supply of water in the island is therefore vulnerable to periods of low rainfall or drought.
Increased water efficiency helps to reduce the significant amount of water that is wasted every day – literally poured down the sink.
Reducing waste helps to keep your water bill down too, as we have to spend less money storing, treating and pumping water to your tap. It also means that when there is a drought the water that we have in the reservoirs will last longer.
The Company has an extensive program of waste reduction in place including a team of inspectors whose task it is to find leaks on our the system so that they can be repaired. We also have a program of mains renewals which aims to replace up to 2.5 km of old mains each year – reducing the number of leaks and the risks of burst mains.
As a customer you too can do your bit to reduce the amount of water that is wasted, whether it is in the home, the garden, at work or at school – many of the changes that you can make are small and will hardly be noticed, but together they add up to significant overall savings.
Waterwise is an independent, not for profit organisation focused on decreasing water consumption in the UK and building the evidence base for large scale water efficiency. They are the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK. For more information visit www.waterwise.org.uk.