Water companies in confrontation with in government over hose bans because they resist attraction in restrictions, despite growing concerns about drying up rivers and the prospect of of drought in England and Wales.
decision limit the use of water is made individual water companies that consult government and charity as part of National Drought Control Group.
Government sources said they called for more water companies to impose a ban on excessive water use such as hoses for gardening and car washing, as well as filling rowing pools.
Last month was the driest month of July in England for more over 100 years, and in some areas the summer was the driest on record.
Two water companies, Southern Water and South East Water, have announced hose bans for millions of clients, with Thames water and Wales water warning restrictions may apply.
Southeast water said on Wednesday that he “had no choice” but to limit water use for 3 million households since August 12 with reference to demand breaking “all previous records” this summer in extremely dry conditions.
But other companies, even in the drier regions held firm. Those who participate in drought discussions say companies would rather wait until last minute when rivers run dry, not to annoy customers by placing bans in place early.
Mark Lloyd, Managing Director of Rivers Trust, said “I made point in the National Drought Group that each year we get to this position and in last possible limit when rivers are at their lowest we get discussion of temporary use bans”.
He said the situation could be made worse before it gets better because when people fearing the coming ban, many are in a hurry use water and put extra stress on in system.
“Announce it on last minute also causes everyone hurry to wash the cars and fill the rowing poolswash the dog as well causes increase in demand before the ban in,” he said.
“This should happen before the rivers become desperate and there is not enough water for wildlife”.
Fear of The backlash from customers could prevent companies from taking action, he said. “It’s unpopular,” complain the gardeners, “and there issue of also trust people indicate out there are many of leaks from water pipes and people say, “Well, you fix your leaks and I will stop using my hose, Lloyd added.
“There’s been a breakdown of trust between public and water companies, especially with sewage spills and all that.”
East Anglia is the driest part of country, all summer there was almost no rain, the earth received just four% of average rainfall in July. English Water rules out a ban on hoses, despite local residents pointing out out that the rivers in in area dried up up.
Thames water, which covers London, Oxford and the surrounding area. area admitted that in times demand for water surpassed pace where it can be processed and pumped to taps, and that arid conditions have compromised supply.
Although a ban is being considered, no plans put one in place this month.
An Environment Agency spokesman said: “The Environment Agency is working with water companies and other referents for the protection of water resources and ensure they take precautions, so needs of water users and environment are met.
“Vodokanals also put them to drought plans in place where it is necessary to maintain water supply, but everyone can play part of them use water wisely.
“South East Waters” announcement of temporary use ban for his clients in Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex one of many measures they and other water companies should consider reduce waste water use and protect customers’ supplies and environment”.
BUT government the representative said: “Vodokanals have duty to ensure sufficient stocks and have range of tools available deliver it to them. This includes hose bans what is it up to the local water company to decide whether to deploy.
” government continues work close with water companies and the Environmental Protection Agency to take any other precautions steps need to protect public supplies, environment as well as critical industries that depend on water, including farmers. All water companies confirmed that no current risks to key water sources, but we will continue to monitor the situation closely.”