British households should ban baths and leave clothes dirty until the washing machine is full or else face hosepipe bans this summer amid scorching temperatures, water bosses say.
With 35C “sweatfest” roasts due in weeks, falling water levels in reservoirs and rivers saw hosepipe ban odds cut to 1/2 by bookmakers Coral.
Spokesman John Hill said: “Dry conditions ahead mean water restrictions this summer are now odds-on. It’s bad news for paddling pools.”
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The Environment Agency told Britons to follow water-saving advice from water companies, and warned of taking action over water supplies in some areas.
Water firms’ advice includes banning baths and taking short showers instead, leaving clothes and plates dirty until we can fill the washing machine and dishwasher – and even putting less water in the kettle.
Government water regulator Ofwat said: “If possible, take a shower instead of a bath. A five-minute shower uses half the volume of a bath. Wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine or dishwasher.”
Thames Water said: “Save water by only starting the washing machine once it’s fully loaded.” Anglian Water said: “Use every space in your dishwasher before putting it on.”
Scottish Water said: “Fill the kettle with only the water you need to help protect a precious resource by saving water.”
And an Environment Agency spokesperson said: “People should use water wisely and follow advice from their suppliers.
“Further hot, dry weather could put pressure on some areas. We will continue to take action where necessary. River flows and reservoir levels have receded across central and south western England.”
Little rainfall is forecast as “sweat inducing” sizzles arrive, with a sunny 28C next weekend and much hotter ahead.
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Leon Brown of The Weather Channel said: “35C highs are expected – and even higher is possible.”
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “Halfway through a year with quite low rainfall, there’s little prospect of wet weather for quite a while.
“We’re reaching high summer. As the raindrops dry up and the mercury rises, a sweat-inducing few weeks may lie ahead.”
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