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Glastonbury denies 'water shortage' amid hour-long queues in blazing heat

‘Due to a Glastonbury Festival wide water shortage we have had to temporarily close our showers to conserve water for drinking’

Clarisse Loughrey
Saturday 29 June 2019 13:50 BST
Hot weather arrives at Glastonbury as temperatures soar

Glastonbury organisers have denied reports of a water shortage at the festival site, as revellers queue for up to an hour in blazing heat for refills.

Reports of a shortage were sparked after a glamping company said it had been forced to temporarily close its showers to conserve water.

However, Glastonbury organisers said in a statement: “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 / 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. And 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.”

A statement from Love Fields, posted to Twitter, had said: “Due to a Glastonbury Festival wise 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!”

Drinking water remains unaffected. Attendees were sent a push notification on their phones to remind them that there are 800+ taps on the site that provide free drinking water. Bars also offer free water and canned water is available from food traders.

Britain has recorded its hottest day of the year so far, the Met Office has confirmed.

A temperature of 30.8C was recorded in Charlwood in Surrey, as the country basks in the heatwave brought by an “enormous” bubble of warm air from the Sahara.

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“Water is also being given out from our Info points and we have roving teams providing water from backpacks. So far, the on-site ambulance control have had just 27 heat-related calls for assistance, covering the 200,000+ people on site.”

“There may be queues for taps at some of the busier places, so we ask everyone to be patient and to look for taps in quieter areas of the site.”

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