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Wessex and Bristol Water have no plans to restrict use
2012/04/16
Two firms have said they have no plans to restrict the use of water by customers despite their area being declared a drought zone.

The Environment Agency has extended its "drought map" into the Midlands and the South West, declaring official drought zones in a further 17 English counties.

Wessex Water said rainfall during the winter was below average and its reservoirs were about 85% full.

Bristol Water said it currently had no plans for restrictions.

Wessex Water supplies Bath, Dorset and parts of Wiltshire and Somerset while Bristol water supplies the city and parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire.

A spokesman from Wessex urged customers to continue to save water.

Luke de Vial, head of water resources, said: "Although the region is in environmental drought, this does not suggest that we will be imposing water restrictions such as hosepipe bans.



"But we are concerned about the impact dry weather is having on river flows, habitats and agriculture, so we are carefully managing abstraction to help maintain river flows and topping up streams to minimise the problems being caused by the lack of rainfall."

A statement from Bristol Water said the dry winter could mean problems in the future.

"These conditions have meant that our reservoirs effectively stopped refilling over two months earlier than usual," the firm said.

"It would take much more significant, sustained rainfall over the next month to improve the position.

"If the generally dry conditions continue over the next few months, reservoir storage will rapidly fall, reducing the water we will have available later in the year and make it difficult to refill reservoirs to a safe level in time for 2013."

16 April 2012 by BBC

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