Following our report yesterday that three water companies had lifted their hosepipe bans, Thames Water have now stated that their ban is over too. A spokesperson from Thames Water said:
“The good news is that the recent wet weather has allowed us to fill our reservoirs. It has taken some time for the rain to seep down into underground aquifers that keep rivers and reservoirs topped up during the spring and the summer, but groundwater levels throughout the catchment area are also rising and are expected to have generally recovered to at least near normal levels by February. This all means that keeping the hosepipe ban in place is no longer justified. We regretted having to impose the ban, our first in 15 years, but given the severity of the drought, a cautious approach was needed to keep taps flowing without harming the environment by taking extra water from rivers.”
The company is still losing over 200,000 litres of water a day through leaks though and is attempting to spend half a million pounds per day fixing pipes.
As Cholderton and District Water lifted their hosepipe ban in December, this only leaves Mid Kent Water and South East Water with restrictions still in place. Both companies have said they will review the situation at the end of this month.