Anglian Water to lift hosepipe ban tomorrow

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WATER company Anglian Water has announced that it is lifting its hosepipe ban for customers tomorrow (Thursday).

The company has said that due to the amount of rain that has fallen since the ban was put in place in April it has reassessed its supplies.

The company supplies homes in Stamford, the Deepings, Bourne and parts of Rutland with water from Rutland Water.

Director of water services Paul Valleley said: “I am delighted that we are able to make this announcement. It was never our intention to keep these restrictions in place a moment longer than necessary.

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

“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.

“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.”

Despite some water levels still being lower than average, the company has said that its supplies are enough to cope with demand but are still asking customers to be vigilant with their usage.

It has also said it is working to stop leaks and on ideas to stop another drought from affecting supplies.

Mr Valleley said: “We are enormously grateful to our customers for their help and support over the last two months.”