Thames Water has announced that it will not be applying for a drought order yet but will review all aspects of the water resources situation weekly. Board members have decided that, while the drought is serious, the situation doesn’t warrant applying for further restrictions.
The decision comes just days after the Environment Agency urged the company to apply for an order.
Explaining the decision Jeremy Pelczer, Chief Executive of Thames Water, said the company “are very mindful of the impact a Drought Order would have on many individuals and businesses, whilst at the same time we understand the very legitimate concerns of the Environment Agency.
We have discussed our decision with the Agency, to keep them closely informed.”
Reiterating that water users have an important part to play in avoiding a crisis Mr Pelczer said he wanted to “thank the many people across our region who are already saving water. This, together with the hosepipe and sprinkler ban, is helping to conserve supplies.”