Take sensible steps to use water wisely

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Scottish Water is reminding customers in the Western Isles and parts of the North West Highlands, where there has been a prolonged spell of drier than normal weather, to continue using water wisely.

While rainfall in recent days has been welcome, Scottish Water is continuing to monitor sources to maintain drinking water supplies to customers.

Customers in the Portree, Stornoway and West Lewis areas are being invited to collect a free Save-a-Flush bag, which can save around a litre of water every time a toilet is flushed.

Water Operations General Manager John Rae said: “Rainfall in recent days is very welcome but has to be seen in the context of a very prolonged dry spell throughout the Western Isles and North West Highlands in preceding weeks, which mean water levels remain lower than would be expected at this time of year. Further sustained rainfall is needed to return water levels to normal.

“We are very grateful to our customers for their assistance and would encourage people, particularly those living in the Stornoway, West Lewis and Portree areas, to continue using water wisely.

“Taking simple steps like turning off taps when brushing teeth or installing a Scottish Water Save-a-Flush bag can help us maximise water resources.

“Scottish Water will continue to monitor water levels and we have put arrangements in place to ensure we maintain a supply of quality drinking water to all our customers.”

For advice on simple steps to save water visit www.scottishwater.co.uk/savewater or call our Customer Helpline on 0845601 8855.

Scottish Water household customers can request their free Save-a-Flush by emailing customermarketing@scottishwater.co.uk or, for those living in the Stornoway and West Lewis areas, collect one from Stornoway Tesco between 10am and 5pm on Friday or Stornoway Co-op (Macaulay Road) between 10am and 1pm on Saturday.

Those living in the Portree area of Skye can collect one on Tuesday between 2pm and 6pm from Portree Co-op, or between 9.30am and 2pm on Wednesday.

Save-a-Flush bags should not be used in toilet cisterns with a volume of less than six litres, or if it is a dual-flush model, as these are already water efficient.