United Utilities have announced that they are lifting the hosepipe ban from Thursday 19th of August following recent rainfall enabling water stocks to be replenished.
The hosepipe ban was put in place on July 9th after the driest December to June for more than 70 years. Good rainfall between July and August has enabled the ban to be lifted although some reservoirs in the region are still below average for this time of year.
United Utilities supply demand manager, Richard Blackwell said: Reservoir levels have risen in recent weeks in Cumbria and North Wales and have stabilised in the Pennines with the rainfall over the last month. We now have sufficient reservoir storage overall to be able to lift the ban. This will come as welcome news to our millions of customers, who have been extremely patient and conscientious in their water usage.
Our key reservoirs in Cumbria and North Wales are now at the kind of levels we would expect for the time of year. Pennine reservoir levels remain below normal, with some still at very low levels, but we are now able to compensate for this shortfall by moving more water from Cumbria and North Wales using our integrated pipe network. Overall, the situation is much improved and the ban is no longer required to safeguard essential supplies.
“We’d like to thank customers for bearing with us since July 9. Although the ban is over, some reservoirs are still very low, so it’s important people continue to do what they can to save water around the home and garden.
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