Main­tain the water stock

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph -

I KNOW ev­ery­one has joked about it, but surely the fact that our rivers are over­flow­ing should mean drought wor­ries are over?

I’m aware Anglian Water and other bod­ies have pointed out we will need this level of rain­fall for sev­eral months be­fore the reser­voirs are topped up to an ac­cept­able level.

The hosepipe ban is cur­rently ir­rel­e­vant as most peo­ple are more wor­ried about their gar­dens ac­tu­ally wash­ing away or dis­ap­pear­ing in a blan­ket of mud.

But my point is that the col­lec­tion sys­tems of our water au­thor­i­ties are in­ad­e­quate.

Bil­lions of gal­lons of rain­wa­ter pour down drains and seep away ev­ery year.

If fu­ture drought bans are to be avoided, the Gov­ern­ment must im­pose a de­vel­op­ment and spend­ing regime on water com­pa­nies to en­able them to prop­erly main­tain stocks.

Waste not want not, as we used to say, but seem to have for­got­ten these days. B OLD­HAM


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