Glastonbury organisers plan big changes after water problems this year


The people behind one of the UK’s biggest music festivals have put in place new plans for the 2020 event to ensure it doesn’t face the same water issues it did this year. During the summer, the Glastonbury site, Worthy Farm, endured high temperatures that resulted in high demand for water.

Michael Eavis, the show’s co-founder and the owner of the farm on which Glastonbury festival takes place, told audiences at the Yeovil Literary Festival that his team are “doing things all the time at the site.”

Explaining the new plans to build a water reservoir for next year, Eavis said: “We are planning all the time for the future. We are always looking at infrastructure improvements.

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


Over the 2019 event, revellers could take advantage of the 850 taps on site as well as the free water refills from all the bars. However, the hot weather increased demand which triggered a water shortage.

Eavis admitted that the heatwave surprised organisers: “We were caught out a little bit this year – we always plan for rain. We were not expecting that level of heat all weekend. It was looking like a wet festival up until the Monday before when the forecast suddenly changed.”

Prior to the event, organisers had issued a statement denying rumours that the festival was to be hit with a water shortage. It read: “There is no 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.”