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No Need For Hosepipe Restriction 16 March 2006

    As a direct result of the availability of extra water from the new treatment works in Sulby and the improvements in the pipeline and pumping facility from Sulby Reservoir over Beinn-y-Phott into West Baldwin Reservoir the Water Authority will not be introducing a hosepipe restriction in April as it has done in recent years.

    The Authority is hopeful that the restriction will not be necessary at all this year but points out that this is dependent on the co-operation of customers and the amount of rainfall during the spring and summer.

    This is obviously good news but it cannot be stressed enough that the Authority will require some assistance from its customers using water wisely and having sufficient rainfall to keep the reservoirs well stocked, otherwise the situation may have to be reviewed and a restriction introduced later in the year.

    Patrick Heaton-Armstrong, Water Authority’s Chief Executive said: “We are beginning to see the benefits from the investment we have been making in recent years and, unlike the news about bans and restrictions being imposed in other parts of the British Isles, we are in the enviable position of being able to withhold the restriction we have previously put in place from April to August”.

    “Although our reservoirs are full and overflowing at the moment and rainfall over the last few months has picked up, water is a precious resource and it should be treasured. A hosepipe left running for one hour can use as much water as a family of four would use for one day. I would encourage all our customers to use water wisely over the coming months, if we work together a hosepipe restriction need not be imposed”.

    Free save-a-flush sachets for cisterns (which save one litre of water per flush) are available from the Authority and £10 vouchers are also available towards the costs of water butts to help save rainwater. Further information on water conservation can be obtained from our Customer Services Department tel 695949 and our website: www.gov.im/water

    16th March 2006

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