South West Water has sent four large bowsers to help ease the thirst of parched islanders

A looming water shortage on Lundy has seen emergency supplies sent to the island.

South West Water has despatched four large water bowsers to help ease the problems after a prolonged dry spell.

Lundy can have up to 160 people on it during peak season but relies on rainfall for its water supplies and availability is now reduced, with water restrictions already in place.

Island manager Derek Green said: "The weather in the first half of the summer has been fairly calm which has been great for our visitor numbers but the lack of rainfall has put pressure on our water supplies.

"We're grateful to South West Water for sending us these bowsers which will help us move water round the island and make sure no-one runs out."

The island has 23 Landmark Trust properties and a campsite as well as 30 permanent residents. With a pub and a shop, the island is a popular destination for wildlife watching and walking.

South West Water operations manager Jason Harvey added: "We're delighted to be able to help out. Lundy Island is a wonderful place to visit. Currently our water supplies are at healthy levels for this time of the year and we have sufficient bowsers across the region should they be needed."

This is the second time South West Water bowsers have made the trip on the MS Oldenburg to Lundy Island. In September 2001 two 900 litre tanks travelled from Bideford to Lundy after a water tank ruptured and the weather was dry.

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