Hosepipe ban will not be lifted

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THE hosepipe ban will not be lifted in Lincolnshire and parts of Rutland.

Anglian Water has taken heed of advice from the Environment Agency and is keeping its ban in place despite Thames Water’s decision yesterday to lift its ban in the south.

While the Environment Agency’s water resources and drought prospects report shows water levels in rivers and reservoirs have risen due to the recent wet weather, it also warns that many groundwater sources could remain low and under stress for the rest of the year.

The agency has said it expects water companies to continue working with customers to save water, and to keep hosepipe bans in place until they are absolutely sure water supplies are secure.

Managing director of Anglian Water, which supplies homes in the area, Peter Simpson said: “The possibility of a warm summer and a third dry winter is still a concern for our region.

“The very wet few weeks we experienced in April followed two exceptionally dry years, and most importantly, two dry winters.

“It was following this prolonged dry period that we introduced the hosepipe ban, and it was not a decision we took lightly. It was an essential step to safeguard water supplies for this year, and next.

“April’s downpours and May’s average rainfall went quite some way towards replenishing supplies, particularly in our reservoirs.

“But as the Environment Agency’s report highlights, some groundwater reserves remain under stress.

“Almost half of the water we put into supply comes from groundwater sources, particularly in the east of our region.

“We don’t want to keep the hosepipe ban in place for a day longer than we have to.”

Anglian Water supplies homes in Stamford, the Deepings, Bourne and parts of Rutland from Rutland Water.

The majority of Rutland homes are supplied by Severn Trent Water which does not have a hosepipe ban.