Despite the rainy weather, water in the UK is not as abundant as you may think and it costs a lot to treat the wastewater.
In summer we need more water, both fresh and drinking because of the warm weather and the number of tourists. There is competition for the uses between wildlife, agriculture, tourism, which can increase the price of drinking water. The coast line is very sensitive and polluted water can affect it and its wildlife.
It is the role of each of us to take care of water, by reducing our consumption and decrease water pollution. There are easy steps involving simple changes in your behaviour that you can do to begin:
When buying appliances check the energy efficiency of the product. This will reduce your water consumption and will be more cost effective. In addition, this will help to reduce water pollution by rejecting less water, often less contaminated.
You can find further advice on the following websites
Energy Saving Trust: provides water-saving advice and links, recommends water-saving products
They also have created an water energy calculator
Northern Ireland Environment Agency: The agency that looks after water quality in Northern Ireland