Drought discussed in Uckfield

SOUTHERN Water and South East Water teamed up to talk to councils about the drought currently affecting the South East.

The two firms are among seven water companies which introduced water restrictions on April 5 to help save water following one of the driest periods on record.

Staff from the companies gave a joint presentation on drought to members of various county, district and borough councils as well as representatives from the emergency services at Uckfield Civic Centre on May 4.

As well as an update on the current state of water resources, the presentation discussed the effect of the recent rainfall and gave details of the restrictions that are currently in place.

It also listed the various ways both water companies are helping save water and what the guests could do to help.

Cllr Pru Moore, Mid Sussex District Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Sustainability, said: “This drought forum was a useful opportunity for us to come together with the water companies to consider how we can work together to ensure we save water during the drought.

“While we have had welcome rain in April and a wet start to May it is clear that any efforts we can make to use less water, both in our homes and businesses, will make a difference.”

Meyrick Gough, Southern Water’s Water Quality and Strategy Manager, said: “The forum was a great way for us to talk to key stakeholders about the current situation and how we can work together to save water.

“Our customers in Sussex and Kent have already been a great support in helping us save water by following the restrictions and we know we have the support of everyone at the forum too.”

Paul Seeley, Asset Director at South East Water, said: “The forum was well attended by local councils and gave us a good opportunity to discuss the serious drought situation.

“It is really important for the water companies, stakeholders and organisations in the South East to work together to reduce water use.”

For more information, visit www.southernwater.co.uk/drought and www.southeastwater.co.uk/drought