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More Water Suppliers Set to Impose Hosepipe Bans

Magazine article Public Finance

More Water Suppliers Set to Impose Hosepipe Bans

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Other water companies are set to follow Thames and take emergency conservation measures as anxiety grows over the effects of drought in England.

Southern Water, Mid Kent & Sutton and East Surrey are expected to ask the government to agree to 'non-essential use drought orders' which would restrict the use of water for gardens and sports grounds.

Last week, Thames, the country's biggest water supplier, imposed a hosepipe ban from next month - which, however, only applies to gardens, plants and car-washing by residents.

Thames Water chief executive Jeremy Pelczer said the decision had not been taken lightly. 'The drought across the Southeast has now gone on for so long that we have to be prudent and introduce measures that will make best use of limited supplies,' he said.

The drought has raised new concerns about the extent of water leakages.

Dame Yve Buckland, chair of the Consumer Council for Water, said: 'In the case of Thames, we are concerned about leakage. …

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