Hosepipe ban set for parts of the UK but wont effect the Olympics.
Water companies in the South and East of the Country are preparing to enforce water restrictions as supplies are as low as half in some reservoirs following two abnormally dry winters. Thames Water, South East Water, Anglian Water, Southern Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia East have all confirmed the 5th April as the date the ban will be enforced.
The Environment Agency warns that the drought could extend up the country effecting as far West as the Hampshire-Wiltshire border and as far North as East Yorkshire. The drought will also affect agriculture as the lack of rainfall will make farming more difficult, therefore the cost of vegetables and wheat will rise.
The ban means that hosepipes must not be used for cars, boats, gardens and plants for ‘recreational use’, they cannot be used to maintain or fill pools, ponds, fountains or to clean walls, paths and windows in addition to any other artificial outdoor surface. People who break these regulations will risk being prosecuted and fined up to £1,000. Buckets and watering can are still permitted and commercial services such as car washes will be exempt from the ban.
On the upside, the Environment Agency have plans to ensure the Olympic Games will not be affected by the lack of water as the supply is from sustainable sources. The EA spoke to the BBC, ‘The Olympic Park and other Olympic venues have a high level of resilience to meet their needs, even during a drought.’ They also added that the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pageant will not be affected at the beginning of June
Taking action to decrease the quantity of water we are using for unnecessary things will help the country in the future. BBC Weather meteorologist Nick Miller has said, ‘The prolonged spell of mild or very mild weather that we’ve seen since mid-February with temperatures as high as 19DC isn’t helping the issue. The requested sustained period of rainfall for the worse affected areas simply isn’t in the immediate forecast.’ If the current weather conditions continue with very little rainfall, the ban could lead to emergency measures being imposed such as supplies being limited to public standpipes in the streets which have not been imposed since the 1976 drought.
Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd
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