Hosepipe Bans in 2013 Very Unlikely

The Environment Agency has said the chance of hosepipe bans in 2013 was “extremely low”, even in drought “stress” areas.

Trevor Bishop, head of water resources at the Agency, said:

“We would certainly be worse than 1976. There would have been widespread environmental impact, a lot of iconic chalk streams would have run dry and we would have had to move fish to preserve them.”

The incredible amount of rain in 2012 means that the South East — the region most at risk from drought — has enough water to get through two “dry” winters, according to the Agency.

A spokesperson from Thames Water warned:

“In theory we are never more than 18 months of very dry weather away from a drought. The topsy-turvy British weather is, above all, unpredictable”

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3 Responses to “Hosepipe Bans in 2013 Very Unlikely”

  1. Fred Bear
    January 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    “The Environment Agency has said the chance of hosepipe bans in 2013 was “extremely low”

    Let’s hope not after record 2012 rainfall has seen terrible flood damage and untold trillions of gallons of water flowing uncollected back to the sea due to a woeful lack of reservoir storage or there will be great public anger and calls for mass resignations of overpaid water company executives.

    “In theory we are never more than 18 months of very dry weather away from a drought”

    Says it all, really – more storage is urgently required to keep pace with increasing population and water usage instead of wasting financial resources on unnecessary metering with its high capital cost and ongoing costs of maintenance and reading all of which have to be paid for by the consumer.

  2. Nick B
    July 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Can’t be far off one now..

  3. Geoff
    July 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    Do you not think that the lack of a hosepipe ban given the anmount of warm weather we are experiencing maybe due to the fact that a large number of businesses and householders have gone onto water meters recently and the last thing the water companies want is for you to use less? or is it just me.

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