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Bowsers relieve Lundy water shortage

South West Water has sent four bowsers to Lundy Island to help secure water supplies after a prolonged dry spell has left the island facing a water shortage.

The three mile-long island in the Bristol Channel, which can have up to 160 residents it during peak season, is reliant on rainfall for its water supplies and recent dry weather has reduced availability.

Island manager Derek Green said: "The weather in the first half of the summer has been fairly calm, which has been great for our visitor numbers, but the lack of rainfall has put pressure on our water supplies. We're grateful to South West Water for sending us these bowsers which will help us move water round the island and make sure no-one runs out."

The island has 23 Landmark Trust properties and a campsite as well as 30 permanent residents. With a pub and a shop, the island is a popular destination for wildlife watching and walking.

Water restrictions are in place and all visitors have been urged to use water wisely.

South West Water Operations Manager Jason Harvey said: "We're delighted to be able to help out. Lundy Island is a wonderful place to visit. Currently our water supplies are at healthy levels for this time of the year and we have sufficient bowsers across the region should they be needed."

The passenger ferry MS Oldenburg was used to transport the bowsers.

The last time Lundy needed assistance with its water supplies was in 2001, when a water tank ruptured during a dry spell and two 900-litre tanks had to be shipped over from Bideford. 

Author: James Brockett,
Topic: Water resources
Tags: South West Water , drought , tanks

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