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Desalination plant to be turned on following long dry spell

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THE desalination plant is to be switched on for the second time in 12 months next week following a long spell of below-average rainfall.

Desalination plant

Jersey Water made the decision after liaising with Jersey Met, which is predicting that the dry weather will continue late into the year.

Simon Le Huray, customer service manager for Jersey Water, said that the Island’s reservoirs were currently 58% full but that they were losing ten million litres of water each day.

‘At the moment, we are taking out more than we are putting in. On Tuesday we took out 20 million litres and put in less than ten,’ he said.

‘What we are saying is that, in theory, if we have no more water come in, we will have less than 80 days of water.

‘The desalination plant takes 14 days to get up and running, so we have just got to look ahead on this. We want to do it now rather than when we might get desperate.’

Mr Le Huray added that despite the plant – which costs around £5,000 per day to run – being brought into action, there were currently no plans to implement a hosepipe ban.

However, he asked Islanders to be more careful with their water use – encouraging people to water their gardens with a watering can and to not wash their cars.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor
Journalist

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