Report by Tom Wright , Reporter
Monday, April 16, 2012
A HOSEPIPE ban will not be enforced despite the Environment Agency (EA) warning North Somerset is suffering a drought.
Water levels in the South West are suffering following one of the driest winters in nearly 100 years.
But despite rivers running low water companies are insistent that public supplies have been unaffected. Although there are no plans for a hosepipe ban that could change if the months of below average rainfall continue.
Ben Johnstone, the EA’s strategic drought manager, said: “We are asking everyone to use water wisely.
“The amount of water we all use has a direct effect on the amount of water available in rivers and for wildlife.”
The South West had seen below average rainfall in 16 of the last 25 months and the past winter was the driest since 1921.
In February only 40 per cent and in March only 35 per cent of the expected rain fell.