YEP Says, June 6: Timely reminder of need to use our water wisely

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TWENTY years ago this summer, Yorkshire Water’s Pennine reservoirs ran dry.

TWENTY years ago this summer, Yorkshire Water’s Pennine reservoirs ran dry.

West Yorkshire was left facing the prospect of rationing.

Water engineers installed stand-pipes in the streets and in some areas there was even talk of evacuation.

Water tankers rumbled their way across the region carrying supplies to worst-hit areas, whilst emergency plans were drawn up for a “cut off rota” in which districts would have their supplies disconnected for 24 hours at a time.

In short, it was an unmitigated disaster. Since then, Yorkshire Water has invested heavily in much-needed infrastructure work which makes any repeat extremely unlikely.

That is not to say, however, that access to a ready supply of water should be taken for granted.

Yorkshire Water’s ‘Save A Little, Save A Lot’ campaign, rightly encourages us all to think more carefully about how we use water in our homes.

Simple measures such as turning the tap off when brushing teeth, swapping baths for showers and fitting flushsavers in toilet cisterns can all play a part in reducing the burden on the region’s supplies – and, of course, cutting our water bills.

Two decades on from the Yorkshire Drought, this is a timely reminder.

Lessons that Labour must now learn

AS the Labour party continues the post mortem into its election performance, it would do well to take on board the comments of Andrea Jenkyns.

Inspired to enter politics after her father died from a hospital-acquired infection, the amateur opera singer condemned shadow chancellor Ed Balls to defeat in the Morley and Outwood constituency. She says Labour campaigners on the streets of the area were few and far between, despite the party’s claims that it “had the ground war won”.

Such complacency was a key factor in the party losing seats in its supposed northern heartlands and must now be addressed.