At last, three water companies have lifted their hosepipe bans with the rest looking at following them. Southern Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water and Three Valleys Water all announced today that the lifting of restrictions would come into effect from midnight.
This winter has seen all of England and Wales getting higher rainfall than average. Reservoirs are topping up nicely and the all important groundwater levels are also improving steadily. Water UK, representative of the water companies still urged caution:
“I would like to thank consumers for their excellent response while restrictions were in place and to ask them to continue to use water wisely. Just as water companies did not implement hosepipe bans at the same time, not all companies can remove the ban simultaneously. Each water company is in a unique position in terms of how much rain has fallen in their region and the water resources available to them.” said Water UK Chief Executive Pamela Taylor.
It’s believed that the remaining four water companies who still have a hosepipe ban (see below) will review that situation at the end of the month. Let’s just hope this is the sign of good things to come this summer.
The four companies still with water restrictions in place:
- Cholderton and District Water
- Mid Kent Water
- South East Water
- Thames Water