Downing Road has no plan to place a hosepipe ban in place in and across the prime minister’s residence, the Guardian can reveal, regardless of ministers calling for water corporations to implement restrictions.
Thames Water, which provides No 10, mentioned on Tuesday it might be placing water rationing in place within the coming weeks as a result of prolonged dry situations.
When requested whether or not hosepipes would nonetheless be used within the No 10 backyard, or to scrub the automobiles used to ferry its residents round, a spokesperson for the prime minister mentioned a ban was not presently in place, although they added that the family was “taking steps to cut back the water used throughout the Downing Road web site”. This didn’t embrace a hosepipe ban, although, they mentioned.
Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrats’ spokesperson on atmosphere and rural affairs, has referred to as for Boris Johnson to set an instance to the remainder of the nation by decreasing his water utilization and draining the swimming pool at his countryside residence, Chequers, which can also be equipped by Thames Water.
The spokesperson declined to touch upon whether or not the pool can be drained, saying it was a matter for the Chequers Belief. Nonetheless, the prime minister is in command of issues at Chequers, and Margaret Thatcher famously stopped heating the pool throughout an vitality disaster which occurred when she was prime minister.
In a letter to Johnson, Farron mentioned: “Your grace-and-favour mansion, Chequers, is situated in an space which will probably be topic to a hosepipe ban. At this second when tens of millions of individuals throughout the nation are making sacrifices, it’s vital that you simply present management.
“Whereas individuals everywhere in the nation had been following the foundations throughout Covid, you had been partying in Downing Road. Now, whereas tens of millions do the precise factor and scale back their water use, are you able to verify whether or not you’ll decide to doing so at Chequers? Will you rule out utilizing hosepipes and cease refilling your personal pool?
“It could stink of hypocrisy for those who proceed to take care of a personal pool whereas gardens dry up, paddling swimming pools stay empty and farmers are unable to water their crops.”
The entire nation is readying for water restrictions through the record-breaking dry climate, with some areas not seeing important rainfall since June.
Leaked paperwork seen by the Guardian this week present that water corporations serving areas from Yorkshire to Dorset have utilized for drought permits, which might permit them to place bans in place.
On the weekend, the atmosphere secretary, George Eustice urged water corporations to place restrictions in place.
The Nationwide Drought Group, which might determine whether or not there may be an official drought, meets on Friday.