Water bosses seek views on plans to deal with drought in North West

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WATER bosses are seeking views on their plans to tackle future droughts in the North West.

United Utilities has launched a consultation on its new Drought Plan and people have until January 11 to tell the company what they think.

All water companies have a legal duty to update their drought plans regularly. The plans set out in comprehensive detail the measures they will take, and when, to safeguard vital water supplies while minimising the effect on the environment.

Depending on how bad the situation was, that could potentially include things like hosepipe bans, drought orders or even water restrictions.

United Utilities escaped the drought which hit other parts of the country earlier this year. The last drought in the North West was in 2010, when the company imposed a six-week hosepipe ban in parts of the region to help preserve water. It was the first ban the region had seen in 14 years. No further actions were needed.

Dr Richard Blackwell, United Utilities' Supply Demand Manager said with seven million customers and some of the most precious and protected habitats in the UK, the North West had its own unique issues.

"Despite having a reputation for wet weather, the North West is not immune to the risk of drought. Droughts can happen at any time of year and they're all different. We have to be able to cope with anything.

"We are quite unique in that 90 per cent of all our drinking water in the North West comes from reservoirs and rivers, rather than groundwater sources. The rest of the UK only gets an average of 60 per cent of its water from reservoirs and rivers."

United Utilities has already spoken to a vast number of specialist groups and stakeholders in writing its plan. These include neighbouring water companies, the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Countryside Council for Wales.

A number of workshops are being held across the region for key partners, but experts would also like to hear the views of customers.

You can download a copy of United Utilities' Draft Drought Plan 2012 on its corporate website at corporate.unitedutilities.com/waterresourcesplan.

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8:28am Wed 28 Nov 12

hogheaven says...

The easy way to save water, is to stop using treated drinking water, for flushing toilets ,washing your car ,watering your garden. They have a two tier system in a lot of europe, introduce it on new builds to start ,provide in ground tanks to collect rainwater.I myself water the garden (not that it needs it with the present rainfall we have been having)from a water butt coupled to the drainpipe, It saves money, everybody gains if those who are able ,do it,if we save treated water the utilities company do not have to spend money on finding new resources, and can concentrate on stopping leaks ,does that make sense?
The easy way to save water, is to stop using treated drinking water, for flushing toilets ,washing your car ,watering your garden. They have a two tier system in a lot of europe, introduce it on new builds to start ,provide in ground tanks to collect rainwater.I myself water the garden (not that it needs it with the present rainfall we have been having)from a water butt coupled to the drainpipe, It saves money, everybody gains if those who are able ,do it,if we save treated water the utilities company do not have to spend money on finding new resources, and can concentrate on stopping leaks ,does that make sense? hogheaven
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1:44pm Wed 28 Nov 12

life cycle too says...

Grey water collection would help - but the problem is not in this area but elsewhere.

Water was piped from Cumbria to places where no hosepipe ban or conservation measures were in place!

Still after the summer we had this year, there will be less need until the climate drys up a bit!
Grey water collection would help - but the problem is not in this area but elsewhere. Water was piped from Cumbria to places where no hosepipe ban or conservation measures were in place! Still after the summer we had this year, there will be less need until the climate drys up a bit! life cycle too
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