Business as usual despite hose ban

Making the most of one of the fountains at Burghley's Gardens of Suprise this Easter was Seth Couch, who is four
Making the most of one of the fountains at Burghley's Gardens of Suprise this Easter was Seth Couch, who is four

WATER-dependent businesses are continuing as usual despite a hosepipe ban.

Anglian Water imposed the restrictions on Thursday last week for the first time in 20 years after 18 months of unusually dry weather.

Residents of homes that are supplied by the company are currently unable to use hosepipes to water their garden, and have been encouraged to save water where possible.

Some concern has been raised for businesses which require large amounts of water to operate, such as golf courses and open gardens.

But Anglian Water decided that businesses using water for commercial reasons were exempt from the ban.

One of these businesses was Burghley House, which has a number of gardens to maintain and fountains to operate.

Families were able to enjoy the Garden of Surprises and the Sculpture Gardens on Sunday as normal.

Golfers have also been boosted by Anglian Water’s commercial use policy. A spokesman for Burghley Park Golf Club said the club was discussing its options with the English Golf Union, but was allowed to water its courses.

For ground staff at Greetham Valley Golf Club and Rutland County Golf Club the drought is less of a worry, as the clubs have their own water supplies.

A spokesman from Toft Country House Hotel and Golf Club said the club was unsure how the ban would affect them, but refused to comment further.

This week Anglian Water announced it was considering buying water from Severn Trent to cope with the shortage in the East Midlands.

Both companies are looking at a plan to move 30m litres of water a day from Birmingham to Gainsborough.

This would be enough to supply 100,000 homes, although Anglian Water has not yet decided where the extra water would be used.

Head of drought response at Anglian Water Simon Love, said: “We are talking to Severn Trent about this idea, and it’s one that we are taking seriously. We are exploring a number of options to help support the drought-hit region, including the movement of water across water company boundaries.

“In the short term, though, it’s vital that everyone takes steps to save water in the home. Large-scale support like this scheme could help, but even if we are able to make it work, it won’t mean we can cancel this summer’s hosepipe ban.”

Water strategy manager for Severn Trent, David Essex, added: “Technical discussions are underway and this could happen as early as June. We will soon be able to confirm if we are in a position to be able to help our neighbours while having enough to keep our own customers in supply.”

Anglian Water has also clarified the area affected by its hosepipe ban. Some Rutland residents were unclear whether they were included in the restrictions.

The company highlighted a small area it supplies to the east of the county including Ryhall, Great Casterton, Little Casterton, Tixover, Ketton, Tinwell, Tickencote, Pickworth and Clipsham, which are covered by the restrictions.

You can type your postcode in at http://hosepipeban.anglianwater.com to find out if your house is affected by the ban.

The Anglian Water website also offers a range of tips on how best to save water while the hosepipe ban is in place.