Boreholes will help to reduce drought problem

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DROUGHT conditions in the region are being combated by new boreholes being brought into service, which could supply three million litres of drinking water a day to Stamford.

Two boreholes at Pilsgate Water Treatment Works near Barnack will significantly boost supplies of water reducing the demand on drought-hit Rutland Water which remains about 23 per cent below its normal level for this time of year.

Earlier this month Anglian Water, who supply Stamford and Bourne, announced it will impose a hosepipe on domestic customers in the area for the first time in more than 20 years, starting from April 5.

John Clare from Anglian Water said: “It is absolutely vital we get these boreholes into service and start supplying the water they can provide to people in and around Stamford and Wittering.

“These boreholes were sunk many years ago but were not needed at the time and have never been used. Now, with the area in drought, the water they can provide will be a big help in maintaining supplies.

The downside of the project is that local farmer Harry Brasse, of Manor Farm, Barnack, has had his drains clogged and dykes flooded since November by the excess water being pumped out while the water company test the supply.

Mr Clare said: “Before we can get them up and running we have to pump water at different rates for several weeks to make sure the source is reliable and of a good enough quality. Water pumped out during these tests is put into the drainage ditches around the site.

“It would appear some of those ditches have become overgrown, meaning water from the pumping operation has on occasion over topped on to Mr Brasse’s land.

“We are very sorry for any inconvenience Mr Brasse may have suffered as a result of this work. We are looking to hire a contractor to come and clear the ditches, which should put an end to it.”