Portsmouth Water urges customers to show restraint during current dry spell

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COMPANY officials have repeated the need for people to show restraint in their water usage.

Portsmouth Water is urging its customers to stop taking lengthy showers and use water-saving devices ahead of a meeting with industry leaders at County Hall, in West Street, Chichester on Friday.

The meeting, which is being hosted by West Sussex County Council, will see councillors and representatives from Portsmouth Water, Southern Water and South East Water discuss how more water can be saved.

The meeting comes after a hosepipe ban was announced for most of West Sussex from April 5.

Though the ban is not being imposed in south Hampshire, Portsmouth Water wants residents to reduce consumption to avoid a ban being put in place in the future.

Engineering director for Portsmouth Water Andy Neve said: ‘People use a lot of water when they have a shower.

‘If they can shower in four minutes or less then that would make a big difference.

‘We’re also encouraging people to use devices like an egg-timer so they know how long they’re taking.

‘The purpose of the meeting is getting everyone to work together and get the message of saving water out there. As a company we’ll also be asking the council to reduce the amount of water it uses to maintain sport pitches and floral displays.’

Weather experts say the recent drought has been caused by hot air travelling from the continent.

The dry spell is set to continue into the weekend with temperatures reaching 69.8F (21C).