residents urged to 'be sensible with water usage'
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been urged to 'be sensible
with their water usage' by the firm that supplies tap water to
the town as drought conditions worsen.
advice from Bristol Water comes after Somerset was added to a
list of official drought zones by the Environment Agency, which
has warned that water shortages could last until Christmas.
Bristol Water spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Although
there is no immediate threat to public water supplies at present,
we ask customers to be careful in their use of water and to remember
that every drop used ultimately has to come from the same rivers
and springs that are now at risk of damage due to the drought.
Whatever is wasted today could well be much needed later in the
firm says the last two years have been the fourth driest in the
past 160 years, while winter rainfall from November to March has
been the lowest since 1975/76.
have been taking action for months to conserve reservoir stocks.
We have done this by maximising use of groundwater sources and
transferring large volumes of water from the River Severn."
Reservoir - which supplies the Burnham area - is currently 90%
full and was 94% full this time last year.
added: "If the generally dry conditions continue over the
next few months, reservoir storage will rapidly fall, reducing
the water we will have available later in the year and make it
difficult to refill reservoirs to a safe level in time for 2013."
are carefully monitoring the levels of reservoirs relative to
trigger levels set out in our drought plan. These trigger levels
will initiate actions to reduce water consumption."
these actions will be appeals and the continued provision of water
saving devices to help customers use less water. If these appeals
are not effective we may ultimately have to consider banning the
use of hosepipes and other discretionary water uses by domestic
Water is offering free water-saving packs to customers in the
Burnham area, which can be requested online here.