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PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - South West Water said hot weather coupled with an increase in demand is behind the problem
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Water restrictions could come into force in the South West within weeks, a utility company has said. South West Water (SWW), which serves Cornwall and Devon, warned that more "exceptional demand" and dry weather could force it into bringing in such rules. It comes as a hosepipe ban is imposed in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, with restrictions in Sussex and Kent due next week. This follows an eight-month period from November 2021 to June 2022 which has been the driest since 1975/76. Water levels at some South West reservoirs are said to be below the level of the previous drought year in 1995. SWW said it was monitoring the situation and may have to bring in "formal restrictions over the coming weeks". The company said at the end of July that it saw demand going up "by 77 million litres in one day - the same as supplying three extra cities the size of Exeter". READ MORE: Five ways to reduce water use in the garden ahead of hosepipe bans SWW issued advice to customers recently asking them to think about how much water they are using. It said: "We continue to experience an unprecedented and prolonged period of hot and dry weather, alongside extremely high levels of demand. "We are sharing water saving tips and advice with customers and urging everyone to think carefully about their water usage and to avoid non-essential water use, such as using a hosepipe in the garden and for washing cars. "If the exceptional levels of demand and sustained dry weather continues we may have to make the difficult decision to introduce formal restrictions over the coming weeks to limit the pressure on resources and to protect the environment." The Met Office says there is "very little meaningful rain" due for parched areas of England, with temperatures set to climb into the 30s next week. This is raises the chance of SWW having to impose its first water restrictions since the mid-1990s. The hosepipe ban in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight was imposed by Southern Water, which said it was asking customers "to limit your use to reduce the risk of further restrictions and disruption to water supplies, but more importantly to protect our local rivers." South East Water, which has announced a similar ban for Kent and Sussex beginning next Friday, said it had been "left with no choice but to restrict the use of hosepipes and sprinklers" from midnight on August 12 "until further notice". SWW says that in the week ending July 31, total water storage was at 52.6% of capacity.
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.1%), Colliford (43.4%), Wimbleball (48.9%), Stithians (43.8%), Burrator (44.6%). This follows the driest July in England since 1935. In the latest version of the company's drought plan, which it is legally required to produce, it says: "Droughts are rare and natural events caused by a serious lack of rain over several months, and therefore the risk of a severe drought is low. However, the impact of climate change has increased volatility in our weather patterns, including global warming, flooding, droughts and heat waves." The plan has three levels of response, depending on how severe a drought is: Level 1 involves a communication campaign where people are asked to cut their water usage, and the increased control of leaks; Level 2 sees temporary bans, such as the hosepipe ban in place in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight; Level 3 escalates this to non-essential use bans, and what the firm describes as "all possible actions to avoid emergency drought orders".
People could be unable to water their garden or plants with a hosepipe (Image: PA Wire/PA Images) It says: "The type of actions we would take would reflect the severity of the drought, but we would seek to minimise the stress on the environment by prioritising our interventions from low impact Level 1 actions, through to more significant, but rarely needed, Level 3 actions. Only in extreme droughts, more extreme than a repeat of the 1975/76 drought, would we need to consider Level 3 actions in our region." The end of next week could see temperatures rise into the 30s again, with an area of high pressure building from the Atlantic into the South and South West of England. Met Office chief forecaster Steve Willington said: "We could see parts of the UK entering heatwave conditions if the above-average temperatures last for three days or more. Many areas of the UK, especially the south will witness temperatures several degrees higher than average, but these values are likely to be well below the record-breaking temperatures we saw in mid-July. "As the high pressure builds there is very little meaningful rain in the forecast, especially in those areas in the south of England, which experienced very dry conditions last month. Elsewhere in the UK, such as in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, rain-bearing weather fronts will make limited headway against the high pressure, bringing some rain to north-western parts of the UK." READ NEXT: Heatwave exposes Cornwall's eerie Martian landscape as water levels drop Use less water so there's enough for tourists, people in Devon and Cornwall asked Support for total ban on disposable barbecues growing Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service issues instant barbecue warning Penzance woman, 29, trapped in her own home due to Cornwall's care crisis
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