FIREFIGHTERS will carry out drills without water in a bid to ease West Sussex’s drought problems.
The county council’s deputy leader, Councillor Lionel Barnard, joined the Environment Agency, Southern Water and South East Water, at a drought summit ahead of the county’s hosepipe ban which comes into force on Thursday.
He said: ‘It was a good chance for us to find out more about the situation in the county. We’ll be doing all we can as a local authority not only to lead by example in terms of saving water but by encouraging residents to do the same.’
He added: ‘Many of our services are actively looking at ways of saving water such as Fire and Rescue which can carry out dry training drills unless they are safety-critical. Hoses are charged to make sure pumps work, but are then turned off at the branch to avoid water being wasted.’
For water saving ideas go to westsussex.gov.uk.