The past few weeks we’ve seen images of empty water bottle shelves in supermarkets up and down the country. But why is it happening now, and what efforts can you take towards having available drinking water in your home? Below we explore some of the reasoning behind the bottled water shortage in the UK and hopefully answer any questions you may have.
Why is there a bottled water shortage?
This is due to a number of factors, and not one singular point is to blame. One reason is the hot weather we’ve been having in the UK recently. When the temperatures rise, we tend to be more active and lay in the sun more.
This can make us dehydrated, so there’s always an increase in water bottle sales in the UK. Furthermore, we’re currently experiencing a shortage of HGV drivers since Brexit and the pandemic hit. This means that UK industry leaders are prioritising more essential items such as toilet roll and baby food, leaving bottled water in the background.
The RHA (the Road Haulage Association) stated earlier this year that around 30,000 driving tests for HGV drivers did not take place in 2021 alone due to pandemic restrictions. This is why we’re currently experiencing a backlog of goods in the delivery system and therefore a bottled water shortage.
Some manufacturers and retailers are also losing workers due to the ending furlough scheme and are struggling to fulfil orders due to rising demand.
Why you should opt for a water cooler
If you prefer drinking bottled water and are worried about the bottled water shortage that’s occurring in the UK, then it might be time to invest in a water cooler.
We all know the benefits we get from drinking around 2.5 litres of water a day, which is why we love having fresh drinking water readily available at all times. Installing a water cooler not only gives you that freedom, but allows you to stop buying so many plastic water bottles, and saves you money in the long run. It’s a great way to stop being dependent on your local supermarket and it will save you quite a few trips as you’ll be getting the water delivered to your home.