Tapping into watery reserves

After torrential rain washed away all hopes of a warm, dry British summer, a thoughtful Somerset County Council has decided that what we all need a little bit more of is water.

In a bid to secure Lottery money, the resourceful fellows at ADPR, based in the Somerset village of Stoke-sub-Hamdon, sent Diary a press release promoting the county's abundance of H2O.

In opposition to the wishes of most residents and festival-goers this year, The Waterlinks project, an £81m regeneration campaign, wants to promote waterways and water features in Taunton, Bridgwater, Glastonbury and Langport.

'The Waterlinks project draws on Somerset's history as a low-lying county with a plentiful water resource', said the release, no doubt drafted in a small barge moored to a second-floor window of the Somerset County Council offices.

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