Tapping into a precious resource to avoid repeat of water torture

Scammonden Reservoir. PIC: Tony Johnson
Scammonden Reservoir. PIC: Tony Johnson
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FROM the air, Scammonden Reservoir shimmers like coloured glass, an oasis amid the wild lunar landscape of West Yorkshire’s moors.

Scammonden, along with the reservoirs at Booth Wood, Green Withens and Baitings, is a crucial cog in our reservoir network.

At the moment, Yorkshire’s reservoirs are around 92 per cent full - which is pretty good for this time of year.

However, it has not always been like this. Large parts of Yorkshire were hit by drought during the scorching summer of 1995, when some of our county’s reservoirs resembled small deserts.

Two decades on from this and Yorkshire Water has launched its annual ‘Save A Little, Save A Lot’ campaign to tie in with World Environment Day.

The aim of its campaign is to show that using water more efficiently is not only good for the environment but can also help lower utility bills.

Yorkshire Water provides around 1.24 billion litres of water a day and wants to encourage customers to think more carefully about how they use water in their homes.

Each customer uses, on average, between 100 and 150 litres of water a day, but water bosses point out that small things like turning the tap off when brushing your teeth can save seven litres per person, per day.

Other cost saving tips include taking a shower rather than having a bath, which can save around 10 litres of water a day, and making sure the washing machine is full before using it - which can save households up to eight litres a day. Yorkshire Water plans to invest around £870m over the next five years to maintain its reservoirs, treatment works and pipe network.

Neil Dewis, head of service delivery at Yorkshire Water, said: “Some people take water for granted but it is a precious resource and we need to ensure that in the future we can continue to meet the demands of a growing population and the challenges climate change could bring. We work really hard to manage our own leakage and to supply our water in the most efficient way, but we need our customers to play their part too.”

To order a free water saving pack and for useful water tips go to yorkshirewater.com.