“He said he did not object to water being moved from Wales to England. “I see no reason why that should not happen as we are rich in that resource in Wales.”
But he added: “I think there should be adequate and reasonable recompense for that provision. I’m not talking of an Opec situation when come sudden droughts to England we get the guns out and say you’ve got to pay twice or three times more. Just a reasonable return on what is being delivered.
“Llwyd’s comments come at a time when the worst drought to grip the UK in more than 30 years is already threatening wildlife and farmers’ livelihoods.
Widespread hosepipe bans are likely even before spring has begun. Stretches of south-east England have been declared to be officially in drought and other areas are considered “at risk”.
“He quoted figures from Welsh Water (Dwr Cymru) that the country’s reservoirs are 98% full, adding: “I believe that we are witnessing the renaissance of a resource, and it falls on all of us here and the Welsh government to do what we can to ensure that we really do capitalise on the most important resource of all.” ”
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