Hosepipe ban could be lifted ‘sooner than expected’

Thames Water said it may lift its hosepipe ban after wet weather in the country reduced the risk of drought. This will be done as long as the British weather […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Thames Water said it may lift its hosepipe ban after wet weather in the country reduced the risk of drought. This will be done as long as the British weather does not take ‘an unexpectedly Saharan twist.’

This seems to confirm the Environment Agency’s statement last month that drought is over in some parts of the UK.

The water supplier was one of seven companies to have imposed restrictions on water usage in April this year due to drought conditions. The supplier announced heavy rainfall in April and May and support from customers had eased their concerns.

Richard Aylard, Sustainability Director for Thames Water said: “The record spring rainfall has eased the situation considerably. The River Thames provides 70% of the water we supply to our customers and levels are now where we would expect them to be at this time of the year and our reservoirs are still full.

“In addition we have had excellent cooperation from our customers, both in observing the restrictions and in using water wisely and we are currently beating our leakage target by more than 60 million litres a day.”

However, Mr Aylard added it will take them a little time to be sure we can go through summer and autumn with enough water and without any restrictions.