Hawkinge facing April hosepipe ban

Contributed by editor on Mar 12, 2006 - 05:08 PM


The Environment Agency has said Folkestone and Dover Water Services may impose a hosepipe ban as early as April.

Folkestone and Dover Water has just become the first company in Britain given 'water scarcity' status, allowing it to impose meters o­n all customers, and other authorities may follow suit.

In the long term, suppliers forecast demand will keep rising, and there are concerns climate change will bring longer, hotter summers and more erratic rainfall. Proposals to alleviate the shortage include more reservoirs, a desalination plant, and massive transfer schemes from wetter parts of Britain to the south.

Low rainfall and high population density mean the south east of England has less water per head than Sudan.