Water firm applies for Rivington drought permit

Chorley Citizen: DRY SPELL: Rivington Reservoir’s water level is significantly lower than usual DRY SPELL: Rivington Reservoir’s water level is significantly lower than usual

UNITED Utilities is stepping up its drought action plan in the wake of the North West’s first hosepipe ban for 14 years.

The ban started on Friday and forecasters predict more dry weather for July and August.

The company has applied to the Environment Agency for a drought permit at Rivington.

If granted, it means that the company can conserve water in the reservoirs by reducing the flows that are released from the reservoirs into the River Yarrow.

John Sanders, United Utilities water regulation and strategy manager, said: “The recent light rain has made little difference to our reservoir stocks which are still continuing to fall.

“We need to plan ahead in case the dry weather continues so that we can conserve reservoir storage.”

There is a legal process to be followed for drought permit applications and people will have the opportunity to make comments about it before the Environment Agency makes its decision.

United Utilities is also encouraging customers to play their part by using water wisely and observing the hosepipe ban.

Anyone caught breaking the hosepipe ban could be fined up to £1,000.

Mr Sanders added: “We need to balance the needs of our customers with the needs of the environment.

"If everyone can use water wisely we can all help to maintain supplies and keep rivers flowing.

“At the start of the year our reservoirs were full but because of the low rainfall they are now well down for the time of year.

“We have taken early action to move water around the region to even out supplies and we are also bringing groundwater reserves into use.”

The company’s tips for saving water include taking showers instead of baths, turning off the tap between brushing teeth and only running washing machines and dishwashers with a full load.

Customers can also request a free water saver pack, which includes a save-a-flush device to cut water use by a litre every time you flush the toilet, by visiting the website www.unitedutilities.co.uk.

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4:30pm Mon 12 Jul 10

Teeks says...

"If everyone can use water wisely we can all help to maintain supplies and keep rivers flowing.

“At the start of the year our reservoirs were full but because of the low rainfall they are now well down for the time of year.


I find these comments quite funny indeed! If you used the money we paid you to repair broken pipes instead of paying your selves large salaries we wouldnt be in this mess, and the threat of £1000 fines for using hose pipes?! Get real.... IDIOTS!
"If everyone can use water wisely we can all help to maintain supplies and keep rivers flowing. “At the start of the year our reservoirs were full but because of the low rainfall they are now well down for the time of year. I find these comments quite funny indeed! If you used the money we paid you to repair broken pipes instead of paying your selves large salaries we wouldnt be in this mess, and the threat of £1000 fines for using hose pipes?! Get real.... IDIOTS! Teeks

5:05pm Mon 12 Jul 10

frank says...

how about a £1000 fine directly out of the chairmans pay for every leak?
how about a £1000 fine directly out of the chairmans pay for every leak? frank

6:16pm Mon 12 Jul 10

Bill Carson says...

I reckon that I am probably using more water filling watering cans and other convenient containers, than before when I could use a hosepipe fitted with a sprinkler & trigger ?!! Daft but true I'd say...
No doubt the commercial car washes are rubbing theie hands with the increased business (and waste water).
I reckon that I am probably using more water filling watering cans and other convenient containers, than before when I could use a hosepipe fitted with a sprinkler & trigger ?!! Daft but true I'd say... No doubt the commercial car washes are rubbing theie hands with the increased business (and waste water). Bill Carson

6:57pm Mon 12 Jul 10

safetyman says...

It is quoted that UU made £500m profit last year, so assuming they make the same for the next five years that will be £2.5bn. UU say they will be spending £200m on leak repairs over the same period, so that is 8% of their profits.
To prevent water shortages in the future, why not invest more money and reduce profits that go to shareholders.
It is quoted that UU made £500m profit last year, so assuming they make the same for the next five years that will be £2.5bn. UU say they will be spending £200m on leak repairs over the same period, so that is 8% of their profits. To prevent water shortages in the future, why not invest more money and reduce profits that go to shareholders. safetyman

8:27pm Mon 12 Jul 10

andy1 says...

Every time there is not a drop of rain for two weeks (I might be exagerating there) we hear bythe water authoroties the word Drought. Come Autumn and Winter there will be ample water. Enjoy the weather whilst you can and stop these Morons trying to spoil it.
Every time there is not a drop of rain for two weeks (I might be exagerating there) we hear bythe water authoroties the word Drought. Come Autumn and Winter there will be ample water. Enjoy the weather whilst you can and stop these Morons trying to spoil it. andy1

11:08pm Mon 12 Jul 10

useyourhead says...

well I shall carry on as usual..........
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Just like the direct debit to united utilities that leaves my bank every month.
well I shall carry on as usual.......... . Just like the direct debit to united utilities that leaves my bank every month. useyourhead

12:08am Tue 13 Jul 10

Mikeee47 says...

why is it only U.U customers who are on a hosepipe ban? yet gtr M/chester who, has a larger population can carry on regardless, 3past continuous summers of heavy rainfall and no measures to collect this precious water, UU get your own house in order before, dictating to your customers what they can do with water we have already paid for this year.Maybe we should be fining you a £1000 for every leak not fixed after it's reported, you have had 15 yrs to get your house in order, & stop selling it off to other privatised water companys for profit. we all know it goes on, maybe then the resovoirs would stilll be full.
why is it only U.U customers who are on a hosepipe ban? yet gtr M/chester who, has a larger population can carry on regardless, 3past continuous summers of heavy rainfall and no measures to collect this precious water, UU get your own house in order before, dictating to your customers what they can do with water we have already paid for this year.Maybe we should be fining you a £1000 for every leak not fixed after it's reported, you have had 15 yrs to get your house in order, & stop selling it off to other privatised water companys for profit. we all know it goes on, maybe then the resovoirs would stilll be full. Mikeee47

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