I have been notified by South West Water that the South West region has been declared as being in a status of environmental drought. However, I have been reassured that public water supplies will remain unaffected and we are in a good water resources position in the South West.
South West Water tell me that they foresee no need to apply for drought orders, permit or water restrictions affecting commercial and domestic customers this summer, which will be their sixteenth successive summer without such restrictions. They say that their work in tackling leakage, transforming two china clay pits into reservoirs, upgrades to their distribution network and using less water in their own treatment processes, together with their customers using less water themselves, has all contributed to this good position. I will continue to press South West Water for further assurances as the situation develops.