Hosepipe Ban Comes Into Force
PUBLISHED: 12:41 05 April 2012
"Two dry winters have prevented rivers, reservoirs and aquifers from refilling with the water we treat and supply during the rest of the year, especially during the hotter months when demand rises."
ANGLIAN Water’s first hosepipe ban for 20 years comes into force today (Thursday).
The water company has this week issued advice to the public and appealing to them to save water during the worst drought for a century.
Peter Simpson, managing director of Anglian Water, said: “The fact is that it simply has not rained anywhere near enough. Two dry winters have prevented rivers, reservoirs and aquifers from refilling with the water we treat and supply during the rest of the year, especially during the hotter months when demand rises.
“We cannot know how much rain the rest of the year will bring and that’s why we believe a domestic hosepipe ban now is the most sensible and responsible action to take to help safeguard customer supplies for this year, next year and beyond.”
Anglian Water has said it working hard to lessen the impact of the drought on customers’ supplies, investing millions in tackling leaks and on projects to improve the storage and movement of water around the region.
The firm has also launched its biggest ever water-saving campaign to encourage consumers to use 20 litres less water every day.
The campaign, called Drop 20, challenges people to reduce their daily personal water use from 145 litres – the current regional average – to 125 litres.
The target is to reduce the amount of water the water company has to supply by up to 10 per cent, with the potential to save 120 million litres every single day.
Anglian Water will give customers tips on how to save water, as well as offering free kits to help them use less in the home and garden.
Peter Simpson added: “We believe our customers understand the need for this restriction and will observe it, as well as doing what they can to save water in their daily lives.
“The water saved through the ban, through our own efforts and through the Drop 20 Campaign, will be water that’s available for us in the months to come.
“It will also take some of the pressure off the environment we get our water from – the region’s rivers and wetlands and the wildlife that relies on them.
“We know some of our customers will find this ban difficult and we are very grateful for their co-operation. The last thing we want to do is impose restrictions but the drought is too serious to ignore.
Under the terms of the ban, there will be a small number of exemptions to protect jobs and livelihoods and the infirm. Customers can still water their gardens if they use a watering can not a hose, and can still clean their cars, provided they use a bucket.
INFO: information on the ban and the exemptions is available at: http://hosepipeban.anglianwater.com/