Recent weeks have seen extended dry spells, with swathes of the UK basking in the hottest days of the year so far writes Severn Trent Water. With little rain forecast in the coming weeks, Severn Trent is urging farmers to look ahead and plan for the potentially dry summer weeks to come.
With increasing demand on the network, we are encouraging as many farms to make even small changes which can make all the difference, from changing a leaking tap to using rainwater storage bowsers.
If you haven’t yet, think about installing sufficient, clean storage facilities to receive alternative water supplies, such as those delivered by tanker.
What you should do in the event of a supply interruption:
1. Identify the source of the issue. Are you on a public or private water supply system?
2. Find out if the issue is localised. Is it just your farm or the wider area?
3. Contact your water retailer to let them know, they should also contact us.
4. Contact Severn Trent on 0800 783 4444 our team will take some key information from you and then pass this to our Network Control team.
5. Be prepared to describe your daily water requirements. Use the AHDB Dairy Water Audit to help.
6. We will endeavour to prioritise your farm and call you back as soon as possible.
In the meantime, Severn Trent ask that you:
• Try and reduce your non-essential water usage and prioritise water use only for essential livestock activities and hygiene
• Speak to your farm neighbours to see if there are any opportunities to share or trade water
• Depending how long your supply is interrupted, you may need to consider alternative options from specialist companies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. If I have no water do I need to speak to my retailer who I pay my water bill to?
A. You should let your retailer know that you are having an issue with your water supply. Your retailer will also be in touch with us to let us know.
Q. So, then what happens after I’ve told my retailer and if I have no water supply or have low water pressure?
A. Please call our Operational Centre on 0800 783 4444
Q. What will you need to know when I call in?
A. Our call centre is a general call centre, and our agents are not specialists in agriculture… they will ask you some questions that you may feel are not relevant, but please bear with us…
Q. How quickly can you get water to my farm?
A. We follow regulatory guidance – and we use this to prioritise everyone that is affected. Category 1 – hospitals and prisons,
Category 2 – schools, care homes and vulnerable people,
Category 3 – domestic households and livestock.
Q. How long will it take for someone to contact me back?
A. We will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible, but we cannot guarantee a timed response.
Q. How quickly will I get water? Do we have a response time?
A. Unfortunately, it will depend on how many people are in the first 2 categories and they are classed as more sensitive.
Q. If there is a long water shortage what will happen?
A. We will always endeavour to keep supplies going and will continue with alternative supplies such as tankers for as long as possible….
Q. Can you guarantee a delivery of water for my farm?
A. Nothing is guaranteed, its only reasonable endeavours and with hot, dry weather it is likely that multiple areas will be affected, and then we have to prioritise tankers as we see fit. It also depends how big the surrounding area is and how densely populated.
We will always help where we can, but as a business that requires water as a critical part of their business then you should ensure that you have 24 hours storage/capacity.