Sunday, 7 November 2010
Our water went off yesterday. A frequent enough event for us to keep 3x 5litre bottles of drinking water in store and a water butt in the garden for filling buckets for loo flushing etc. In 1896 when the first boreholes were sunk to supply the town the population was c. 3,000. Current population is 7,300 and although we now have local feeder reservoirs in the hills the supply uses much of the same Victorian pipework, so suffers from frequent leaks and stoppages.
UK Environment Agency figures say that each person uses, on average, 150 litres (33 gallons) per 24 hours. By comparison the charity Water Aid's figures for developing countries is 10 litres (2 gallons) per person.