Learn to love your brown lawn: Tips on saving water in Norfolk and Suffolk during the bank holiday scorcher
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The East of England is set for bank holiday scorcher this weekend with temperatures predicted to soar up to 27 degrees.
But while many will be itching to fill paddling pools and water flower beds, Anglian Water has urged residents to use water wisely following a dry winter and spring.
The water company has put out a list of its top water-saving tips including one advising people to learn to love their brown lawns and leave the sprinkler in the garden shed this summer.
Regan Harris, Anglian Water media manager, said: 'Although our water stores are in good shape, dry periods like this remind us that water is a precious commodity we often take for granted.
'This is why we always encourage customers to use water wisely, whatever the weather.
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'We want people to stay hydrated and have fun in the sun this weekend, but we always want people to think about what they can do to save water too.
'If we can all reuse water and reduce waste we can help keep bills down and help the environment at the same time.
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'In return, our teams will be busy working right through the bank holiday weekend, helping to preserve supplies by making sure the network is running efficiently and any leaks are dealt with as quickly as possible.'
Anglian Water said a hosepipe ban was not on the cards this summer as the company's reservoirs and groundwater stores were looking healthy for this time of year.
Anglian Water's top tips for being water-wise this weekend
· Stay hydrated - leave a jug of tap water in the fridge to cool down rather than running the tap to get it cold.
· Finished with the paddling pool for the day? Use the water on the flower beds instead of filling a watering can with fresh tap water.
· Better still, ditch the paddling pool altogether and head to one of the fantastic beaches dotted along the East of England coastline.
This year many have been awarded blue flags and seaside awards.
· Thunder storms and rain are predicted this weekend – check your local forecast, if it's going to rain tomorrow then don't water the plants. · Learn to love your brown lawn – leave the sprinkler in the shed this summer, your lawn will soon bounce back and be vibrant and green again.
· Get a water butt – if you're the last person on your street without one, what are you waiting for? Water butts can save water and will give you a handy supply if you don't have an outside tap.
· If you spot a leak, report it to us on www.anglianwater.co.uk/inyourarea or call 0800 771881.
For more advice on water efficient gardening visit www.anglianwater.co.uk/PottingShed and get a free water-saving garden pack. And residents can also join Anglian Water's 'Drop 20' campaign to help your community cut down on wasted water, for more information visit www.anglianwater.co.uk/drop20