Thames Water have said that demand for water has increased by 15% due to the current high temperatures .
For over a week, Thames Water has been supplying 400 million litres a day more than the usual 2.6 billion litres daily.
The head of Thames Water, Jerry White said “At peak times of day in certain areas of the region, demand for water has been increasing by between 20 per cent and 50 per cent.
“It’s like when a sale opens on Oxford Street: there’s plenty of stock but lots more people are trying to go through the door at the same time, so there can be a bit of a crush momentarily.”
The treatment works are “being cranked up a notch” by Thames Water to manage the spikes in demand.
The spikes happen first thing in the morning when people are showering, and in the evening when sprinklers are turned on and pools are filled.
Thames Water insists however, that they are “a million miles away from a drought” as groundwater, reservoirs and rivers are full due to the wettest year in 2012.