United Utilities calls off hosepipe ban in England

It may still need to introduce it at a later stage if dry weather continues

Millions in North West England to face hosepipe ban

Customers will not be able to use either a hosepipe or sprinkler to water their gardens or clean their vehicles

Water companies should focus on reducing prices

Water companies should concentrate on reducing prices and stop focusing on improving the quality of water, a new report suggests. The former head of Ofwat, the economic water and sewage regulator, suggested reforms are necessary to encourage more choice and trading in Britain’s water market to ensure they do not face significant water shortages in […]

London’s recycled sewage to keep Olympics green

Olympic athletes are now flushing their loos with water sent to London’s sewers hours earlier by local residents in a bid to keep the Games green. A water recycling plant at the Olympic Park in Stratford turns north Londoners’ sewage into non-drinking water which is used for flushing toilets and watering plants at the site. […]

Hosepipe ban still in place despite heavy rainfall

Despite saying ‘signs of recovery’ from drought are being seen, a water company is still putting the hosepipe ban in full force. South East Water said the last three months of rainfall, since the ban was imposed, are now reaching crucial water reserves. But the company is still encouraging its 2.1 million customers to ‘keep […]

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 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 […]

Businesses and utilities should deal with drought

As the South East embarks on a hosepipe ban today, the utilities expect to save water through their customers using less. However, some say we shouldn’t be relying on the average consumer to skip their daily shower and instead should focus on improving our waste in general. Peter Grant, CEO of environmental efficiency firm CloudApps […]

Businesses should cut water use too, says EA

Businesses should chip in with domestic users and waste less water. This was the call from the Environment Agency ahead of today’s hosepipe ban for the South East and East Anglia, which is set to affect 20 million consumers. Recent Environment Agency figures show being more efficient with water could save businesses in retail and […]

Drought conditions mean public has to step up

Water companies are putting their faith in the public that they won’t overuse their water supply over the coming weeks. A hosepipe ban was officially announced yesterday for the Easter weekend, but some want the utilities to reduce their waste. Adam Kingdon, CEO of i20 Water told ELN: “The drought conditions are very worrying. Unless […]

Hosepipe ban announced for April 5th

Seven English water companies have announced a hosepipe ban will come into force in the south east before the Easter holiday begins. The UK has faced extremely dry conditions over the last two years meaning a drought in the south is likely. The temporary usage ban will begin on April 5th. Rob Varley, operations director […]