Tory management contender Rishi Sunak needs to take a look at introducing compensation if a hosepipe ban is a direct consequence of water firms’ failures.
The previous chancellor advised The Every day Telegraph he would think about introducing the measure, with hosepipe bans coming into power in components of England as months of dry circumstances push the nation in direction of drought.
“It’s unacceptable for water firms to impose restrictions on their clients once they fail to stem leaks,” he stated.
“We want harder monetary penalties on the businesses that aren’t investing sufficient to cease water being wasted.”
South East Water grew to become the second water firm to limit use of hosepipes and sprinklers with a ban inside Kent and Sussex from Friday August 12 till additional discover.
Southern Water introduced the primary hosepipe ban of the yr final week on Hampshire and the Isle of Wight from this Friday.
Mr Sunak’s rival Liz Truss, in the meantime, stated such bans mustn’t should occur.
A spokesman for her marketing campaign advised the Telegraph: “We shouldn’t be ready the place hosepipe bans should occur.
“More must be executed to verify water firms repair leaks and waste throughout their networks.
“As prime minister, Liz would take a look at how greatest Ofwat may maintain these water firms with the worst monitor file to account, in order that hard-working folks throughout the nation aren’t restricted on their water use over the summer time months.”
The spokesman stated Ms Truss believed desalination may assist shore up water provides into the longer term, including that communities can be given the ultimate say on planning permission.
The strikes to curb water use come after England has seen the driest eight-month interval from November 2021 to July since 1976, when a lot of the nation struggled in excessive drought.
Final month noticed a record-breaking heatwave and the driest July in data courting again to 1836 for south east and central southern England.
For England as an entire, final month was the driest since 1935, Met Workplace figures present.
The nation may very well be in drought this month if the dry circumstances proceed, the Environment Agency has warned.