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Hosepipe bans lifted by three water companies

June 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Three of the largest water companies in the UK recently lifted their hosepipe bans, allowing millions of people to start watering their garden plants and washing their cars with greater ease once again.

The companies in question are Southern Water, Thames Water and Anglian Water, which together provide water to 15 million people in the south and east of England.

Restrictions came into place in April, but no sooner had they been enforced than huge amounts of rainfall arrived. Both April and May were very wet months, and heavy rain at the beginning of June also helped to ease the pressure on the water companies. The large amount of rain also reduced the demand for water by gardeners.

However, not all companies are lifting the hosepipe bans just yet. Sutton East Surrey Water, South East Water, Veolia Water Southeast and Veolia Water Central are keeping the bans in place for the time being, and the reason for this is that they depend more upon groundwater reserves than on reservoirs.

The bans came into force following two excessively dry winters, and it is now thought that some places around the UK are going to need a very wet winter indeed to recover fully.

Despite the recent wet months, the risk of a serious drought has still not gone away, and next year we could be back in the same situation if the winter is dry once again.

Richard Aylard from Thames Water said that “with groundwater levels still low and the possibility of a third successive dry winter, we still need to be careful”. He pleaded with customers to use their water very sparingly whilst the situation was still precarious.

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