Water firms must do more to find alternative supplies

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So, hospepipe bans are coming back to parts of the country then – what a joke.

We’re an island nation surrounded by water, plus we’re not exactly unfamiliar with rainfall. And yet we’re being told that, as of April 5. hosepipe bans will be introduced in some areas.

Gardens, paddling pools and cars are just some of the things that mustn’t have contact with water that comes from a hosepipe.

Apparently, buckets and watering cans are allowed though.

So what’s the difference between filling a paddling pool with a hosepipe or from a bucket? It’s the same water, isn’t it?

The pool isn’t suddenly going to change size depending on how you choose to fill it. It’s like the old school brainteaser – what is heavier, a ton of rocks or a ton of feathers?

So Grandma Pat from No 68 is to be expected to walk up and down her garden, carrying watering can after watering can, to give her tomatoes and beans a drink.

OK, we might save a bit of water, but the A&E department is going to be full to capacity with pensioners keeling over with heatstroke from the effort.

We pay water companies a lot of money to supply us with water. If there’s a shortage, surely it should be up to them to find water from elsewhere.

With the technology that they have at their disposal these days, it shouldn’t be beyond the realms of possibility that we could use water from the sea.

It seems it’s easier for the water companies to blame the weather for shortages, rather than spend some of their massive profits on looking at ways to compensate for lower rainfall.

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman says: ‘We can all help reduce the effects of drought by respecting these restrictions and being smarter about how we use water.’

Well, how about Ms Spelman doing something about the 3.3 billion litres of water lost every day through leaks (20 per cent of the nation’s supply), instead of worrying about someone leaving the tap on when they clean their teeth?

Imagine the uproar if, after paying electricity bills, we were told that that we couldn’t use it. What’s the difference?