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Affinity Water urges essential water use only in Harlow

News / Sun 17th Jul 2022 pm31 03:40pm

A WATER company has urged customers to avoid all non-essential water use.

Affinity Water said “urgent action” was needed in areas of Essex and Hertfordshire to “conserve reservoir supplies for everyone”.

The water supplier said recent water demand had surged from 209 million gallons (950 million litres) a day to 242 million gallons (one billion litres) due to the hot weather.

It added it was “working around the clock to maintain supplies”.

Some areas of Buckinghamshire, Surrey and North London are also affected.

Affinity said that as the Met Office had issued a rare alert for extreme heat , an increase in water demand was set to continue over the coming days.

“To make sure we have enough water to go around for drinking, washing and cooking during this red weather alert, we’re appealing to customers to avoid all non-essential water use now, such as hosepipes and sprinklers,” a statement said.

It added it was “working around the clock to maintain supplies and pressure” but was “appealing for urgent help from the community to avoid non-essential water use immediately”.

The company said that if customers noticed a lower water pressure than normal, this was all part of it controlling water to keep it flowing through the network.

To avoid these low pressures it said it was making sure its treatment works and pumps were working at maximum capacity, reducing leaks and filling up storage reservoirs as much as possible plus pumping extra water into the network to where it was needed most.

It said the most urgent action was needed in:

Bishop’s Stortford
Buntingford and surrounding villages
Chesham
Clandon
Epping
Harlow
Hertford
Kelvedon Hatch
Northwood
Oxheywood
Roydon and surrounding villages
South Oxhey
Stansted
Stebbing and surrounding villages
The Ongars
Theydon Bois
Ware
Woking

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18 Comments for Affinity Water urges essential water use only in Harlow:

Chris
2022-07-17 15:53:10

Affinity water could take urgent action by fixing the forever leak on southern way that has already been dug up in the last year that has been reported.. just saying.

A
2022-07-17 16:39:17

Given how much Affinity Water charges on metered supplies, I'd be shocked if anyone is using water for non-essential purposes...

P
2022-07-17 16:57:31

They should also fit the leak Common Road Broadley Common under road reported regularly since 2018 when it was just at junction now it's constantly visible surface water back towards Black Swan pub

Theman
2022-07-17 17:26:06

It beggars belief. These water companies cut back on maintenance, so they can look more profitable, and more water leaks away due to lack of maintenance, which in turn leads to headlines like this. Industries like this should never have been privatised.

David
2022-07-17 17:40:46

I’ll go easy on the water when they fix the leek in Paringdon road which has been there for at least 3 months. Have reported it but they just slammed the phone down when I mentioned the word leek. They are just not interested in fixing leeks, no profit in it.

Steve
2022-07-17 17:51:27

My shower isn't working now due to the lower pressure so we are having to resort to baths how is that saving water? We need the pressure back...

Brad Kitchener
2022-07-17 18:02:45

I pass numerous water leaks every morning when I go to work. None of them have been attended to. My shower is now obsolete due to such low pressure. Many households cannot afford the water bills as it is, so only use what is absolutely necessary anyway. Profit above service, as many of these greedy companies are. I bet the boss is getting a nice little salary though!

Mike O
2022-07-17 19:08:42

I remember the hosepipe ban in 1976. That was 46 years ago. You would think by now, and considering the huge profits that water companies have made, that they would have come up with a way of solving the “water shortage” problem by now! And maybe they should start by actually repairing some of the leaks first. There's been a leak at the junction of Parsloe Road and Parringdon Road for about 2 months now.

Mike O
2022-07-17 19:10:11

I remember the hosepipe ban in 1976. That was 46 years ago. You would think, considering the huge profits that water companies have made, that they would have come up with a way of solving the “water shortage” problem by now! And maybe they should start by actually repairing some of the leaks first. There's been a leak at the junction of Parsloe Road and Parringdon Road for about 2 months now.

Rooney
2022-07-17 19:31:06

Ahhh, so this is why the taps have reduced to a dribble and my shower has stopped working. Awesome, baths all 'round! Of course, baths for a family of three take a lot more water than the equivalent number of showers....

Rasp
2022-07-17 22:10:48

Just dig some deeper reservoirs, Simple.

J
2022-07-18 07:52:44

It says something when you have to wait to wash your hands after flushing the toilet 🤢

Ron
2022-07-18 12:31:34

AS IF! 😠

Kevin
2022-07-18 16:42:41

Been water poorinh out at the bottom of Persloe Road for over a month, thousands of gallons down the drain. They finally dug a big hole made the situation worse and disappeared for a week Finally something sorted today It's about time you got your own house in order

geoff turner
2022-07-19 05:46:55

so i live in old harlow where the water pressure was low anyway due to victorian pipes now they have turned the pressure down and everyone that had low pressure showers dont work so everyone is having a bath must say this is the best way to save water i have ever heard off

J
2022-07-19 09:02:03

No pressure shower. Can't get in, let alone out of the bath, very peed off!!!!.

D Slade
2022-07-19 09:31:20

Our Harlow water company (Affinity) is not a British company, its a European/American conglomerate. Our Harlow trains are owned run by a Dutch company (Abellio) Our Harlow busses (Arriva) are owned and run by a German conpany (DB) Our power in Harlow is provided by many different (usually foreign owned) companies. Are we so daft that we actually explect them to give a damn about what service or quality they provide us Brits ? We were mug enough to sell our vital infrastructure to those abroad..... we are noe reaping the consequences. They don't care one jot if we freeze to death, starve, or die from lack of water....... just so long as their profits keep rolling in. Wake up Britain.

Corinne
2022-07-21 04:58:40

Electric shower needs pressure to heat. Haven't got a bath so freezing trickle of a shower to wash!! Brrrr. Did receive complimentary bottles of water to drink. The tap can manage to fill a glass or kettle!!! Mend the leaks!

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