IoG head urges groundsmen and green space managers to 'open dialogue' with water companies over drought restrictions

The head of professional services at the Institute of Groundsmanship is urging local authority groundsmen and green space managers affected by hosepipe restrictions to appeal to their local water authorities for leniency.

Turf and green space professionals must seek to negotiate with water companies says IoG - image: Morguefile
Turf and green space professionals must seek to negotiate with water companies says IoG - image: Morguefile

Councils should approach companies with sound reasons for easing restrictions and rather than reacting defensively they should try to build partnerships with water authorities, he told Horticulture Week:

"They must open a dialogue. They can’t go in guns blazing saying they can’t take away their water. That just won’t work. It’s a case of accepting they are under restrictions and asking what their options are."

A further 17 counties were added to the list of drought-affected regions today by the Environment Agency, but unlike counties in the South East, it is hoped the latest additions will escape hosepipe bans.

In the hosepipe ban hit regions, exemptions for drip-irrigation have been granted.

Sports facilities hosting national and international matches are exempt from the hosepipe ban in those regions, while Southern Water and Sutton & East Surrey Water have made exemptions for facilities used for regional matches.

Turf specialists are advising raising the height of the cut among a raft of techniques to give surfaces the best chance of survival over the summer months.

For more on how groundsmen are approaching their water authorities for concessions and practical tips for managing grass sports facilities during the drought, see our feature ‘Turf -Smarter water use’.


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