Risk of Water Restrictions

Risk of water restrictions remain in

Affinity Water’s supply area

We have had exceptionally low effective rainfall over the past two winters. January may have felt very wet but rainfall was below average for this time of year.

This means we are actively planning for usage restrictions this spring and summer if conditions fail to recover sufficiently.

If we get above long-term average rainfall in the next three months we hope that we will not need to introduce them this summer. However, that does not remove the possibility that usage restrictions will have to be introduced in 2019. This will be dependent on rainfall next winter being sufficient to refill groundwater stores.

Rainfall and groundwater levels


While we continue to undertake significant investment in infrastructure and drive down leakage in our network, we also need our customers to change how they view, and use water to help manage the situation. Demand in our supply area is above the national average and way above the average in other countries like Germany and the Netherlands.

There are simple steps that every one of us can take – whether a householder, business, community or a council.

 We need to spread the word and ensure everyone in your community knows what they need to do so we can reduce the likelihood of water restrictions this year.

  • Help spread the message: Every little step we can all make will collectively have a big impact on water usage.
  • Turning off the tap off while we brush our teeth can save 6,500 litres of water a year.
  • Avoid baths – take a short shower instead to save on average around 50 litres each time.

For more tips and to order free water saving devices, visit: www.affinitywater.co.uk/savewater

To keep up to date with our latest water resource position, please visit www.affinitywater.co.uk/resources