Drought summit as West Sussex hosepipe ban begins

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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.