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Dry Winter Forces Water Companies to Ban Hosepipes

Published 7th May 2012


After a second dry winter, leaving all but the far north of England officially in drought, seven water companies have been forced to declare hosepipe bans.

The ban has been issued in an effort to curb water usage and maintain current reservoir levels.

Seven major water companies in the south east, including Veolia Water, Thames Water, and South East Water have all declared temporary use bans to help conserve supplies.

The last 18 months have been the driest for a century according to Anglian Water. Thames Water state: “Last year was one of the driest on record and groundwater levels are now lower than during the 1976 drought”.  A figure backed up by the Environment Agency.

In-contrast, Scotland has had its wettest winter on record (with around 120 per cent of the average rainfall over the country), while parts of the South East of England had as low as 60 per cent of the usual volumes.

Even in western European countries such as France and Spain there is a state of drought, with some regions only receiving 20 per cent of the normal rainfall.

Speaking after a meeting with key players in the water industry, the environment secretary, Caroline Spelman, said: “Drought is already an issue this year with the South East, Anglia and other parts of the UK now officially in drought, and more areas are likely to be affected as we continue to experience a prolonged period of very low rainfall.

“It is not just the responsibility of the Government, water companies and businesses to act against drought. We are asking for the help of everyone by urging them to use less water and to start now.”

With a few easy steps it’s relatively easy to save water. Simple things like taking shorter showers can save 10 litres a minute and keeping the tap off whilst brushing your teeth can save 6 litres of water a minute.

Thames Water also suggests using a washing-up bowl to clean the dishes, only filling the kettle with as much water as necessary and hope that ‘we all learn to use water wisely to ensure there is enough for everyone in years to come.’


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