Hosepipe bans by three water companies are to be lifted this week during what forecasters have predicted will have been the wettest June on record. Restrictions will be lifted on Thursday by Anglian Water, Southern Water and Thames Water.
Most reservoirs are now at least 75% full and rivers have returned to normal for the time of year, the Environment Agency said last week. However, groundwater levels are still below normal and some areas still need heavy rainfall this winter to recover fully.
The Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman, said: “We’ve always been clear that temporary restrictions should only be in place for as long as necessary.”
South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Veolia Water Central and Veolia Water Southeast have confirmed that their hosepipe bans will remain in place. The companies say their supplies are dependent on ground water resources, which remain too low.