Glastonbury Festival plans ‘new reservoir’ in bid to banish water problem seen at 2019 event

glastonbury festival plans new reservoir in bid to banish water problem seen at 2019 event - Glastonbury Festival plans 'new reservoir' in bid to banish water problem seen at 2019 event

Glastonbury Festival is trying to ensure water problems like those encountered this summer are not repeated again.

Worthy Farm was hit by high temperatures this year, triggering a great demand for water and rumours of a shortage, reports Somerset Live.

But Michael Eavis, who founded the event, told audiences at Yeovil Literary Festival on Friday (November 1) that improvements are being lined up.

He said: “We are doing things all the time at the site.

 

“We are planning all the time for the future – we are always looking at infrastructure improvements and we are planning to build a new water reservoir.

“We had a problem with a lack of water this year.

“We are also talking to Bristol Water now about our connection.”

On the Saturday of this year’s event, rumours circulated that there was a water shortage, prompting the festival to clarify the sitation.

 

The organisers released a statement reading: “There is not a water shortage at this year’s Glastonbury. Our supply is running as normal.

“As always in hot weather, demand for water has increased, so we have put in place the usual restrictions on staff and guest showers and the limited number of public showers.

“We have more than 850 taps on site, all of which provide free drinking water. These taps all have a ready supply of water. All bars are also offering free tap water.

“Although we no longer sell water in single use bottles, all of our food traders are selling both water and soft drink in cans. There is also not a shortage of this canned water, which is available for those who wish to purchase it.”

 

The rumours were reportedly sparked after a glamping company said it had temporarily closed its showers.

A tweet from Love Fields read: “Due to a Glastonbury Festival-wide water shortage we have had to temporarily close our showers to conserve water for drinking.

“This is the case across the whole site but they are working on increasing the water availability and we will re-open as soon as we get the go ahead!”

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