15 million benefit from hosepipe reprieve
Three major water companies have lifted their hosepipe bans, benefitting 15 million people. Anglian Water, Southern Water and Thames Water announced the end of the ban on Wednesday.
Following the restrictions, which were imposed in April, the UK experienced record rainfall, which has refilled rivers and reservoirs.
The environment secretary, Caroline Spelman, said:
“We’ve always been clear that temporary restrictions should only be in place for as long as necessary.”
In its latest drought briefing, the Environment Agency said almost all reservoirs are now at least 75% full and river flows have returned to normal for the time of year. But it warned that the risk of serious drought remained.
Trevor Bishop, head of water resources, said: “The situation could deteriorate again next year if there is not enough rain this winter.
“We are still working with partners, planning for the impacts that a third dry winter could have on next year’s water supplies.”
South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Veolia Water Central and Veolia Water Southeast, which rely more on ground water than reservoirs are keeping their hosepipe bans in place.