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Date published: 2005/06/04

The BBC says:

Low water supplies have led to a hosepipe ban being introduced in parts of Sussex, Southern Water has said.

It follows repeated warnings from water firms in the region that restrictions are set to follow a dry winter.

Problems are worse in the South East because of the dense population, said Water UK, which represents suppliers.

Environmentalists want to cut people's water use and prevent house-building on flood plains, which stops rain reaching the aquifers that hold water.

The building of tens of thousands of homes in the South East is currently being allocated to district council areas.

Plans include building in the Gatwick, Ashford and Thames Gateway areas, in Surrey and along the Sussex coast.

Mark Shepherd, from independent environmental advisory company ADAS, said: "People have got to realise that we are a water-poor country.

"Out of all the European countries, we are near the bottom of the league table for the amount of water we have per head of population."

But Water UK said the other parts of Europe, including France, Spain and Portugal had a similar situation.

A spokesman said the South East of England had only had 60% of its normal rainfall between November and May.
Climate change had also led to predictions that the UK would see more flooding and more drought in future years, because concentrated downpours did not soak into the ground well, he added.

Water UK has also said this year that problems with leaks in pipe networks, notably in London, would add to difficulties.

Almost an annual rite of summer in England, hosepipe bans. But amusing that the BBC manages to parlay a lack of rain into the statement that "environmentalists want to cut people's water use". So-called environmentalists want to reduce any and all kinds of consumption by people, this is part and parcel of their branding as modern day puritans. And most people want to "prevent house-building on flood plains" because the houses will get flooded, or will cause displacement of water which will flood other buildings, not because it allegedly "stops rain reaching the aquifers that hold water".

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