Why the hosepipe ban when reservoir is full?
Is there really a water shortage in northern Lincolnshire?
Anglian Water publishes reservoir levels that trigger drought legislation, according to this Covenham reservoir should be half empty.
Look at my photo attached, taken on April 3 before the recent rain – if there was much more water in the reservoir it would flood!
If we are in drought conditions is Anglian Water right in building a pipeline to take water away from this area? Should we fight for our water and protest over the pipeline?
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Over many years water price increases have been excused by the need for investment so that we don’t run short of water. As this seems to have failed, who is responsible?
In recent years, customers have been cajoled by compulsion and pricing policy to have meters fitted to water supplies “to save water”, if we now have a hosepipe ban what went wrong?
I suspect that there may be a water shortage in southern parts of Lincolnshire and North Norfolk, but Anglian water is no longer capable of managing its business on a regional level so has to adopt drought legislation in a blanket way.
I challenge the local press go out and take photos of the half-empty reservoirs, the dried-up river beds, the yellowing crops and the dry and cracked fields.
Let the no-win-no-fee solicitors take them to court to get refunds for charging more for reduced supply.
On that point, is Anglian Water as guilty of miss-selling as the banks?
For years, Anglian Water has charged for surface water removal even if drains are not connected to its pipes. It is possible to stop the charges if you can prove none of your surface water enters its pipes, knowing that the average customer cannot do that.
It should be up to the Anglian Water to provide proof of service before charging.
John Ferrier, Grimsby Road, Laceby.
An Anglian Water spokesman said: “We are currently experiencing the most severe environmental drought to hit our region in living memory, having experienced the driest 18 months in more than a century – this is according to Met Office figures, not Anglian Water’s own assessment.
“It is also the Environment Agency that have declared that Lincolnshire is in a drought, and we are responding to that declaration – one element of which is the introduction of the hosepipe ban, which we feel is an appropriate, prudent and precautionary step, given the weather we’ve experienced.
“Mr Ferrier is correct to point out that Covenham is well stocked at the moment. We have deliberately done that. This is because there is a critical shortage of water in the wider environment, and as soon as the leaves are on the trees, we will no longer be able to top up our reservoirs, including Covenham.
“That is why we are taking action now, to save water in the environment, for use later this year – and vitally, next year.
“You have to look beyond simply reservoir levels to appreciate just how far-reaching this drought is.
“I’m afraid this is a very real and a very serious drought, right across our region.”