Hosepipe ban wanted for parks

Special drought plea from water company fearing crisis

Southern Water is to apply to the Government for permission to extend its ban on the use of water to cover the irrigation of parks and sports fields. The company, which supplies parts of Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, already has a hosepipe ban in place and will now ask DEFRA if it can extend this beyond domestic users. Southampton is in the Southern Water area, and the city contains around 50 parks and open spaces. A city council representative said: “We would be very concerned if a hosepipe ban was issued on our parks, and we would have to assess the implications accordingly on all our open spaces.” Rainfall in Britain has been below average for months, and many other water suppliers have or are about to bring in bans. The Environment Agency and eight South East water companies have set up a joint website, www.beatthedrought.com, to give the latest situation reports.

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