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Riverford reservoirs running dry - Devon fruit growers alarmed

Guy Singh-Watson from the Riverford Organic Farmers vegetable growing company in Devon has said the ongoing dry spell has caused its reservoirs to completely run dry. He called it "the worst year in 35 years" in terms of water levels.

Riverford provides seasonal, organic vegetable boxes and has a sustainable approach to both its farming and distribution methods. Singh-Watson: "We have run out of water before in 2018, but never this early." Also, the Met office is warning of extreme heat for parts of the region from Thursday until Sunday. South West Water said it could bring in water restrictions if there was more "exceptional demand" and longer spells of dry weather.

Water levels at some of its reservoirs are understood to be below the level of the previous drought year in 1995. The water provider said it would monitor the situation but it may have to bring in "formal restrictions over the coming weeks".


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