Sutton and East Surrey Water agrees turf hosepipe ban exemption as industry bodies arrange last ditch water company meeting

Sutton and East Surrey Water has agreed a limited exemption for new-laid turf but no company has yet been persuaded to allow the watering-in of hedging or other plants.

Sutton and East Surrey Water agrees a turf hosepipe ban exemption - image: Morguefile
Sutton and East Surrey Water agrees a turf hosepipe ban exemption - image: Morguefile

South East Water and Southern Water both withdrew turf exemptions and industry efforts to persuade seven East and South East England water companies that are bringing in hosepipe bans on 5 April to allow exemptions for businesses in the landscaping and turfgrass sectors have not been successful.

The HTA, APL, BALI and the Turfgrass Growers Association are to meet again with water companies next week to discuss ways that the sector can address the impacts of hosepipe bans.

HTA business development director Tim Briercliffe said:

"We do not believe that the water companies have yet accepted the severity of the problems that temporary use bans will bring for the landscape sector this spring.

"We are already hearing reports of contracts that have been cancelled or delayed as a result of the bans and we fear that we will see business failures and job losses without further help from the water companies in managing this situation."

Briercliffe added that next week’s meeting is seen as an important opportunity to underline the threat to landscaping and turfgrass professionals who are seeking similar treatment to operators of car washes and other commercial enterprises that rely on water to maintain their service to customers.

The meeting follows discussions between the HTA and TGA and the water companies earlier this week.

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