Hosepipe ban to end

THE HOSEPIPE ban affecting Anglian Water customers will be lifted tomorrow (Thursday), the company has confirmed.

Exceptionally wet weather since the ban was introduced on April 5 has boosted water levels in many rivers and largely refilled reservoirs hit hard by two years of low rainfall.

But although the ban is almost over the company has urged cutomers to continue to use water wisely whatever the weather, amid fears that groundwater levels are still lower than normal.

Anglian Water said that the heavy spring rains had helped many groundwater aquifers to recover from record low levels, but that groundwater supplies continued to remain low and were expected to remain so until at least the winter.

Around half of Anglian Water’s supplies come from groundwater sources.

Paul Valleley, Anglian Water’s director of water services, said: “It was never our intention to keep these restrictions in place a moment longer than necessary.

“When we introduced the ban back on April 5, we had just been through the driest year on record and gone two winters without the rainfall needed to recharge reservoirs and aquifers.

“We were heading into the summer with reserves well below normal.

“Almost from the moment we announced the ban it started raining and April turned out to be the wettest in our 113-year records.

“There’s no way we could have predicted it, but in some places we had three times the average rainfall in April.

“Crucially, it fell within the traditional ‘recharge’ season - the time of the year when there is less competition for water from the environment, and much of what falls ends up in reservoirs and aquifers.

“Effectively, we had three months worth of ‘winter rain’ in April.

“This was followed by a wet and cool May and June.

“The persistent rain and low temperatures have extended the recharge season into the early summer, and this has made all the difference,” he added.

With groundwater stocks still below normal the firm has asked customers to use water wisely and reduce usage where possible - despite the end of the hosepipe ban.

The company also moved to thank its customers for their help and support over the last two months.