Landscape industry fighting to avert effects of hosepipe ban
The Horticultural Trades Association, Association of Professional Landscapers, British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) and the Turfgrass Growers Association met representatives from the water industry on 10 April to try to establish some sort of agreement.
With the current drought already reaching historic levels in some areas of the UK, long-term weather forecasts suggest the situation is set to continue for a number of months. As a result, Southern Water, South East Water, Thames Water, Anglian Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East have recently had to enforce restrictions. But in order to survive what is already a challenging period, the landscape industry is demanding an exemption from any hosepipe bans.
BALI Chief Operations Officer Wayne Grills commented: “The water companies do not appear to have acknowledged the severity of the problems that temporary use bans will bring for the landscape industry. If this is to continue without some concession or management from the water companies, we will undoubtedly see businesses beginning to fail and the threat of job losses in the industry looming.”
In a constructive meeting, several water companies agreed to identify ways to provide landscape businesses with access to non-potable water to ease the short-term crisis. However, they made no plans for hosepipe ban exemptions in the near future. The landscape associations will therefore continue to highlight their concerns to government.