• Affinity Water Wholesale Area Diagram

Despite one of the driest June’s on record and below average rainfall in July, Affinity Water’s water resources remain stable. In Southeast England, these conditions have not been seen since the 1920’s.

However, the above average rainfall for the Affinity Water regions, experienced in December 2017, March 2018 and April 2018 led to a significant recovery in their aquifers (porous rock where groundwater is stored), which continued into May 2018. This put them in a much stronger position going into this summer compared to the summer of 2017.

Due to these wet months, careful management of Affinity Water’s network and working with other water companies to share water, the wholesaler was able to meet the exceptional demand during the hot weather over the summer with only a limited number of local pressure issues and without the need to introduce restrictions.

The long, hot, dry summer has affected some chalk streams in the South East of England which are also fed by groundwater, but more particularly those that are also supported directly by rainfall and groundwater that is stored in gravel close to the surface.

River and chalk stream flows are strongest during rainfall/runoff periods and when gravel groundwater levels nearer the surface are high and are easily able to feed into surface water.

 

Rainfall and groundwater levels

Affinity for Business  Water resources remain stable in the Affinity Water Wholesale area despite a dry summer

Whatever the weather, we ask our customers to save water where possible. This is good for the environment and can also help customers save energy and money. To find out more about Affinity for Business’s sustainability offerings, click here.

 

Here are a few of our top tips for maintaining water efficiency in your business:

  • Install water saving appliances such as self-closing taps or battery-operated touch taps, add water-saving hippos to your toilet cisterns and water-saving urinal controls
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge to provide cold drinking water rather than waiting for the tap to run cold
  • Use a water butt to store rainwater, this can be used for watering your business’s plants or garden instead of using a hose
  • Make sure that your dishwasher or washing machine is on a full load before turning it on and remember to make use of the eco settings on your device.

For more top water-saving tips take a look at our useful blog posts