Areas of southern England are to be hit with a hosepipe ban as water companies put measures in place to control drought conditions.
Synergy Client Solutions, a customer acquisitions company based in Bristol City Centre read yesterday that emergency measures are in place throughout the South and South East of England. Seven firms, Southern Water, South East Water, Thames Water, Anglian Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East are all to put restrictions in place.
Synergy Client Solutions has heard from the Environmental Agency that although only the South East is effected at the moment, if this spring continues to be warm and dry, as expected, the ban could extend into East Yorkshire and the Hampshire-Wiltshire border.
Managing director of Synergy Client Solutions Benjamin Jeanes is concerned about the wider-reaching consequences. “Quite aside from the frustration this will cause keen gardeners, the repercussions could really hit the farming industries. The prices of vegetables have gone up when hosepipe bans have been enforced before. The price of staple foods has risen considerably over the past few years and this could push them even higher.”
There had been some concern that the Olympics would also be affected but Synergy Client Solutions understands that measures have been put in place to ensure that the Olympic Park and other venues receive enough water from sustainable sources.
At this stage Bristol, where Synergy Client Solutions have their headquarters, does not appear to be affected. However, it could well be on the list if rain levels don’t increase in the next month or so.