South East Water have announced that their hosepipe and sprinkler ban will be lifted from tomorrow (Wednesday 7th of February). The company stated that 4 months of above average rainfall has "significantly improved key underground sources" which account for three quarters of all their supplies.
B&Q, one of the country's leading DIY retailers has reported that sales of water butts have more than tripled compared with this time last year. Ironically we see this at a time when all hosepipe and sprinkelr bans have been lifted and the country endures above average rainfall. But it seems people are keen not to get caught out if we have another warm summer. [...]