WITH MANY parts of Britain already suffering under hosepipe bans, Yorkshire Water is offering early advice to gardeners to take action now to avoid such problems later on in the year.
Although there is no threat of water shortages in the county at present, thanks to a wet winter and recent snowfall, some meteorologists are forecasting a long hot summer. But gardeners can take action now to be prepared for the worst.
With more frost to come; water shortages
are still a possibility
The water company is urging gardeners to buy water butt kits and, with frosts still forecast in coming weeks, to make sure that all outside taps and pipes are lagged or covered: leaks caused by frozen pipes waste millions of gallons.
When planting spring plants, shrubs and trees, gardeners should thoroughly soak the roots first. And in summer, the cutting edge of lawn mowers should be raised because longer grass stays far greener without constant watering.
The campaign to get gardeners more careful in water usage is part of Yorkshire Water's hard-won positive image after years of public criticism following privatisation. At that time, large areas of the county - including parts of the Dales - were left desperately short of water because of leaking mains and several directors came in for national criticism for taking huge "fat cat" bonuses.
Since then, the company has invested massively in new infrastructure - schemes are still underway in the Skipton and Ilkley areas - and Yorkshire's water was recently judged as the cleanest in England.