One in ten householders in the East of England plan to spend a marathon nine hours or more spring cleaning this year according to a new regional poll conducted by Anglian Water.

As the spring begins, residents are preparing for their mammoth spring clean, with Lincolnites topping the poll when it comes to spending the most time spring cleaning; over half (59%) are planning a five hour marathon to bring a sparkle to their homes. Residents in Peterborough had the most relaxed attitude to their big clean putting in the lowest number of man-hours and delaying it until the Easter holiday weekend (19th – 21st April).

Regionally, dedicated spring cleaners are most likely to clean on the first weekend in April but the survey found almost a quarter couldn’t say for sure whether they included kitchen taps, showers and water dispensers in fridges as part of their quest for cleanliness.

Dedicated cleaners are most likely to clean on the first weekend in April but regionally the survey found almost a quarter couldn’t say for sure whether they included kitchen taps, showers and water dispensers in fridges as part of their quest for cleanliness.

Anglian Water questioned over 1,000 householders in seven towns and cities across the region about their cleaning habits as part of a campaign to encourage people to ‘Keep Water Healthy’. Each year, the water company receives thousands of calls about odd tastes and smells from tap water, the sources of which are most often in customers’ homes.

Robin Price, Regional Water Quality Manager, explains: “Before it gets to your tap, your drinking water is cleaned, disinfected and tested to make sure it is of the very highest standard.

“Yet we still receive thousands of calls every year about water issues that have been caused inside people’s homes – the majority of which are easily fixed and many of which could be avoided if included as part of a regular cleaning routine.

“The Keep Water Healthy campaign equips customers with the know-how to fix these problems.”

To help, Anglian Water has released a number of videos showing customers how to thoroughly clean showers and disinfect taps to ensure all bacteria is removed. This is particularly important as washing hands or raw meat at the sink and letting pets drink out of taps can allow bacteria to grow in the tap head, so regularly disinfecting the tap spout with a bleach solution will keep bugs at bay.

There’s also help for cleaning outside the house, including disconnecting your outside tap and cleaning up oil and fuel spills quickly and safely, which can seep into underground water pipes and contaminate water supplies.

Videos, advice and leaflets to help everyone keep water healthy once it reaches their home can be found on our keep water healthy pages