Drought: Three Water Firms Are To Lift Hosepipe Bans

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 | Comments Off on Drought: Three Water Firms Are To Lift Hosepipe Bans


South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Veolia Water Central and Veolia Water Southeast have confirmed their hosepipe bans remain in place.

Paul Valleley, Anglian Water’s director of water services, which supplies customers in the east of England and Hartlepool, said three months-worth of winter rain in April had “made all the difference”.

Southern Water’s water quality and strategy manager Meyrick Gough said it was “right” to lift the restrictions.

Three water companies are to lift their hosepipe bans after further heavy rain.

Richard Aylard, sustainability director for Thames Water, which has 8.8m customers in London and the Thames Valley, said: “We don’t need a ban, but we do need to ask everyone to keep on using water wisely.”

Anglian Water, Southern Water and Thames Water have confirmed that they are to remove the restrictions from midnight on Wednesday.

Seven firms put restrictions on water use in April to combat drought in southern and eastern England after two unusually dry winters.

But the restrictions were followed by record rainfall across England that month and more rain in May and June.

Rain and flooding:

Heavy rain since the weekend has caused flooding in Wales and some parts of southern England.

The four companies where restrictions remain in place said groundwater levels were still too low to lift the ban. They said they would continue to monitor the situation and keep the restrictions under review.


The adverse weather has also affected roads in various parts of the country and the BBC’s Travel Unit has full details of delays and incidents on its website.

The Environment Agency has urged people to remain vigilant and to check its website for the latest information.

On Saturday, about 1,000 people were moved to safety from flooding in mid-Wales, with an estimated 150 rescued.

Environment Agency Wales said river levels were not expected to rise much further, but also warned that “heavy showers could lead to localised flooding of roads from blocked drains or small streams”.

It “strongly” advised the public to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood waters.




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