South West Water ‘considering imposing new restrictions on golf courses’
South West Water, which operates in Devon and Cornwall and parts of Dorset and Somerset, is reportedly considering introducing restrictions on golf courses, despite recent downpours.
According TVIreservoir levels are still much lower than usual at this time of year, and as a result businesses in the area may be asked to stop using the water for non-essential work, unless we weren’t getting much more rain in the next few weeks.
As the ban on household hosepipes still applies, South West Water is considering imposing new restrictions on businesses such as car washes and golf courses, it says.
Lisa Gahan, from South West Water, said: “We don’t want to get into a situation where demand is greater than supply. That’s why we’re asking everyone who lives and works in the area to think seriously about how much water they use.
“If we reach the tipping point, we need to move to tougher restrictions on businesses that use water for non-essential purposes.”
Another option for water companies is to ask the Environment Agency for emergency powers to take more water from rivers.
But they see it as a last resort and hope that the situation will resolve itself naturally.
She added: “We need a lot more of this rain to counter the weather we’ve had all year. Everything we do to save water will push back the point where demand outstrips supply.
Tony Dymond, who owns a valet parking service in Launceston, fears his water supply may be rationed.
“It would certainly bother us,” he said. “We want to be able to continue, but if these restrictions come into effect, we will have to follow the rules like everyone else.”