PORTSMOUTH Water is laying down a challenge to customers – can you shower in less than four minutes?
In a bid to conserve water, the firm is giving away egg timers for people to stick on their bathroom tiles so they know how long they are taking.
It’s been launched in the wake of a drought that could hit the south east region this summer following low winter rainfall.
Although Portsmouth Water has no intention of introducing a hosepipe ban next month, it is asking people to use water wisely.
Human resources manager at the Havant-based firm Ian Limb said: ‘The average shower is seven to eight minutes – depending on gender, hair type etc.
‘The challenge is we think you can have a good shower in four minutes.
‘With the water shortage, it’s not the time to be having a shower for eight or nine minutes, when it can be just as effective in three minutes.
‘Small things make a big difference. It’s a behavioural change. It’s getting people to think about saving water.’
The egg timers are just one of the devices in free water-saving packs, which have been available for the last 18 months but with a relatively low uptake by residents.
The pack includes a Save a Flush bag, which you can put in your toilet cistern.
It means a litre of water is saved every time you flush.
And there is a shower regulator, which can be added to any shower hose and reduces the amount of water flowing through the shower head.
Mr Limb said: ‘My wife didn’t see any difference in the performance of the shower.
‘If she didn’t notice it, it must be effective. ’
Mr Limb said he was hopeful that no restrictions would be needed this year.
He added: ‘We think if customers do it properly and use water wisely, we won’t need any restrictions this year.’
To order a water saving pack visit portsmouthwater.co.uk or call (023) 9249 9666.
TOP WATER-SAVING TIPS
· Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth
· Wash vegetables and salad in a bowl rather than running the tap
· Only run washing machines and dishwashers with full loads
· Take a shower rather than a bath
· In the garden, use a water butt to store rainwater for watering your plants
· In hot weather, water your garden before 8am or after 8pm to reduce moisture being lost through evaporation
· Wash your car with a bucket and sponge
· If you use a hosepipe, fit a trigger gun to control the flow