A prolonged dry spell and record-breaking temperatures have left rivers at exceptionally low levels, depleted reservoirs, and dried-out soils. Environment secretary George Eustice has urged more firms to take action to mitigate the effects of the prolonged dry weather. But each water company has different thresholds and demands, so we might not see a UK-wide ban. Sir Robert Goodwill, chairman of the environment, food and rural affairs select committee said, ‘It costs water companies money to impose a hosepipe ban and I suspect they have held off longer than they would have done twenty years ago when most people were unmetered and just paid their water rate.’ His comments come as the UK prepares to declare a drought. Water UK say that climate change and an increasing population mean there could be water shortages by 2050. On 10 August Thames Water sent water tankers to residents in the first place in Britain to run dry when Stokenchurch reservoir was found to contain E.coli.
Drought and hosepipe bansWritten by David Fletcher 12 Aug 2022
- Pray: for water companies to ensure there are adequate supplies, for people with health issues to avoid overheating, and for water to be used sparingly. (Proverbs 22:9)
- More: www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/08/08/hosepipe-bans-should-have-brought-sooner-says-mp/