Traffic-light water-use initiative set for pilot

The HTA hopes to pilot a water restrictions traffic-light scheme in garden centres to help gardeners pre-empt hosepipe bans.

Policy manager Gary Scroby said water companies were careful about getting involved but the HTA had discussed the problem of sudden introductions of bans through the Water- wise organisation.

"The scheme is a trafficlight system whereby you have a pre-emptive phase before restrictions are imposed on gardeners. It's about our garden centre members communicating to them that they need to be aware of the water shortages and as they move through escalating phases they will be encouraged to use more water-restriction products.

"The hope is that we can show the water companies that by communicating with gardeners in that manner supply and demand begin to taper off and they won't reach the point whereby they have to impose a hosepipe ban."

The scheme could be piloted in two yet-to-beannounced water company areas beginning from the end of next month.

See Reader Panel, p20.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

What challenges and opportunities lie in store for tomato growers?

What challenges and opportunities lie in store for tomato growers?

The British Tomato Growers Association (TGA) conference today (21 September) heard a range of perspectives on what changes lie in store for the sector and how to anticipate them.

Buoyant demand for UK apples but frost and labour remain concerns

Buoyant demand for UK apples but frost and labour remain concerns

As the British apple season begins, English Apples & Pears (EAP) is warning that growers will feel the effects of both a late frost in spring and also constrained labour supply.

Tomorrow's tractors

Tomorrow's tractors

These machines have advanced rapidly over recent years but what does the future hold? Sally Drury looks ahead.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production
 

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon