plans for hosepipe ban in Burnham-On-Sea area', says water firm
firm that provides water supplies to Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
has this week said it has no plans to introduce a hosepipe ban
in our area despite one of the driest winters on record.
the West country, reservoir levels and rainfall are down by up
to a fifth on average.
Bristol Water says Cheddar Reservoir, which supplies Burnham,
is 93 per cent full due to improved water management measures.
firm's spokesman Jeremy Williams said: "Bristol Water does
not have a drought and is not currently planning a hose ban."
we are urging customers to be sensible over water use and avoid
wasting a precious resource. Whatever is wasted today could well
be much needed later in the summer."
added: "Bristol Water is concerned that the reservoirs have
stopped refilling as they normally do before the Spring. Effectively,
the reservoir recharge has ended two months earlier than usual."
would take significant, sustained rainfall over the next month
to improve the position. The company is monitoring the situation
carefully. In addition, we have restarted water transfer from
the River Severn to conserve reservoir stocks."
certain trigger points in our planning are reached in the coming
weeks, then we will need to issue appeals to cut water use and,
ultimately, consider hose bans."
rainfall for December was 108.2 mm (102% of the average), but
in January, 77 mm was recorded when the standard average for the
whole month is 94 mm. In February, rainfall was just 23 mm, or
34% of the expected average. So far in March, 19.8 mm of rain
has been recorded when the average for the whole month is 76 mm.