Gardeners told to go easy on sprinklers
GARDENERS in Gloucester are being warned to be wise with their water this weekend.
The weather is expected to be warm and sunny, with many people heading out into their gardens to tackle some of those long-overdue tasks.
But Severn Trent Water is sounding a note of caution. Doug Clarke, water efficiency manager, said: "We all want to keep our gardens looking their best. The temptation is to get the hosepipe or sprinkler out and leave it running. But this approach can use as much as 1,000 litres of drinking water, or 220 gallons, in just one hour. To put it in perspective, that's more water than a family of four would normally use in a whole day.
"And when we do get a shower or two, that's probably all your garden needs. And it's the perfect time to collect rainwater in a water butt – that way you can keep the garden watered without using water from the tap."
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Meanwhile, Severn Trent's reservoir levels across the region are looking good for this time of year, at over 80 per cent full on average.
For more water-saving tips visit stwater.co.uk/savewater.