Wednesday 21 February 2018

Selfish minority put our water supply in jeopardy

IT is more than three years since local authorities were forced to introduce widespread restrictions on water usage – and back then it was for very different reasons. Back then, a bitterly harsh winter ruptured water mains across the country, forcing councils to reduce pressure as they desperately attempted to make good the damage.

Today, three weeks into a heatwave that has officially become a drought, the situation is very different.

Supply is not the problem. It is demand that is the issue and particularly the demand posed by those who insist on watering their lawns, washing their cars and filling their child's paddling pool at a time when water consumption has risen by as much as 33pc in some counties.

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