Water companies have announced that landscaping, turf and gardening businesses were made exempt from the hosepipe ban after it was confirmed that record rainfall had reduced the severity of the ongoing water shortage in the South and East of England.
Turf growers and commercial gardeners will be able to water newly laid turf and plants with a hosepipe for up to 28 days. The adjustment to the ban by all seven water companies follows the exceptionally wet April, which has led to the partial recovery of water levels in reservoirs and in some aquifers.
Although some reservoirs can now be seen filled to the brim, groundwater stocks remain lower than they should be at this time of year and for that reason water companies will keep their water restrictions in place for now. Therefore the hosepipe ban remains firmly in place for domestic customers.
However, the need to apply for even greater restrictions has now subsided as water stocks have been replenished to some extent.
As the sunshine finally makes an appearance the Environment agency gave this report on the current situation:
“Due to the recent rainfall, south west England, the Midlands and parts of Yorkshire are no longer in drought. Parts of East Anglia and the south east of England still remain in drought, with water company restrictions in place on public water use. It has been another wet week across England and Wales with rainfall totals ranging from 13mm in our Anglian region to 51mm in our North West region. But soil moisture deficits have started to increase again, particularly across central, southern, south west and eastern England.”