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Hosepipe ban on the cards?

 
Created on 16/05/2011 @ 13:05

 

It may have been a wet month and the Met Office is forecasting more rain this weekend, but Severn Trent has warned customers that reservoirs are still worryingly low. So could a hosepipe ban be around the corner?
 
Reservoir levels across the Severn Trent’s region, which incliudes Montgomeryshire, are currently around 10 per cent lower than they would normally be at this time of year which in some cases puts them under target.
 
And it has forced the company to sound a note of caution and appeal to customers to do their bit by conserving water supplies and using the resource wisely.
 
“The weather throughout March and April has been exceptionally dry, and we are doing everything we can to actively manage the balance between our reservoir, river and groundwater supplies,” said Martin Kane, customer relations director, Severn Trent Water.
 
“More rain isn’t a popular idea but it is what we need, preferably spread over several days and weeks, so the reservoirs across the region can top up. The more steps we can all take now – both as a company and as individuals – the better placed our water supplies will be if dry, hot weather continues.”
 
The company is advising customers to take showers rather than baths, fix dripping taps, use the dishwasher only when full and to resist the temptation to use a hosepipe or sprinkler on the garden or for washing the car.

 Photo by John Lucas.