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Hosepipe Ban: Water Firms To End Restrictions
Three of the UK's biggest water companies are to announce they are lifting hosepipe bans which have been in place since April.
Thames Water, Anglian Water and Southern Water will formally confirm the end of the restrictions today before they are officially lifted tomorrow.
Seven water companies across southern and eastern England brought in hosepipe bans to combat drought, after two unusually dry winters left some groundwater supplies and rivers as low as in the drought year of 1976.
But the restrictions introduced early in April were followed by record rainfall across the UK for that month, and more rain in May and the beginning of June.
Director of sustainability at Thames Water, Richard Aylard, the hosepipe ban has been in place for nine weeks and it has been raining for seven of them.
"The ban's off certainly for this year. After that, a certain amount depends on how much rainfall we get over the winter," he said.
"If we get something close to average rainfall, then things will be back to normal by next spring.
"If it was very dry over the winter then clearly we could have problems again next year."
A spokesman for Anglian Water said that the decision had been made because of a combination of factors combining to ease pressure on the water system.
He said: "It's been because of supply and demand, it has recharged.
"It also is because we have had such a cold, wet May and June following a wet April, which means demand has been suppressed."
Southern Water confirmed it is lifting the restrictions in Kent and Sussex.
The news came as heavy downpours battered Britain, with forecasters warning they are set to continue through the rest of the week.
South Wales, the south of England and Northern Ireland all saw heavy showers yesterday and temperatures struggled to get above 14C.
In its latest drought briefing last week, the Environment Agency said the wet weather had significantly reduced the risk of drought and widespread water restrictions this summer.
River levels and reservoir stocks have improved significantly and further water restrictions for the public and businesses are unlikely, the government agency said.
Thames Water said at the time unless the weather takes "an unexpectedly Saharan twist", it no longer expected to keep the ban in place through to the autumn.
South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Veolia Water Central and Veolia Water Southeast have hosepipe bans remaining in place.
South East Water has said its ban will remain in place. The others were unavailable for comment.
Only Devon and Cornwall managed to achieve temperatures in the high teens, with the mercury reaching 18-19C in the West Country.
It was coldest in Scotland and northern England where temperatures peaked at 10C.
The heavy showers that have plagued Britain this week will continue through the rest of the week, with Wales and the South West worst affected.
All is not lost for a sunny summer though. Forecasters say there "are some hints of sun towards the end of the month but that is uncertain".
what do you think?
About time too!
Thats great I can water the garden now................ Last week a water main burst and two million litres of water flooded and shut down the Central Line causing chaos in London - well done Thames Water
Next the water companies will be complaining they have so much water they can't deal with it and as a consequence bills will have to go up...
at least the weather will improve now,its done nothing but rain since the ban was in place
Interesting - when the ban was first introduced the water companies stated that if it rained every day until Christmas (or some such) it would not be sufficent! Now thwy are lifting the ban......don't suppose the Olympics have anything to do with it do you? come the end of August and most everybody gone home (except a million asylum seekers) will the ban be back? Probably!! remember where you saw it first.
I couldn't help but laugh when I read this and who needs a hosepipe now ?
These guys are unbelivable, last october they said if we do all we can know this will prevent a ban this year obviously they did'nt do all they could, last week our local paper said that our water supplier would not be lifting the ban and know they are listed above, our resi was near to flooding last week!!!. How much do they get paid, do we really believe them or are they part time politicians. Another question if you are on a meter and you reduce your water consumption you save money, if you pay full rate and reduce water what do you get still a full years bill, where's the compo you are supposed to be providing a paid service where is it, the gas board and electric companys reimburse why don't the water company's maybe if they had to they would not have so many bans.
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ok now its time for these companies to get theirs brains into gear and think of an idea to prevent for the next down pour ? why cant these companies build deeper resevoirs ? i havent seen or heard of anywere that have flooded or burst their banks why cant they be deeper ? last time the army were calle din to help bild a temp bridge as the other got swept away could they not build a temp storage or dig a trench away from these towns and villages ? why wait till next time as next time could be alot worse and more casaulties.....act now...
You cant lift the ban we havent had the right sort of rain yet---fisrts it rained too hard and this just ran away, the next rain made the ground so boogy when it rained the water would not seep into the ground and ran away.Now we have had flash floods where the ground is soggy its rained too much and this cannot be collected because there is too much water.........
It's just been announced, henceforth "Flaming" June will be known as "Raining" June. I just hope we don't have another drought announcement and that the Queen stays in doors for the next few nonths and we might yet have a bit of a proper Summer!