Hosepipe ban still applies

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STAMFORD and the surrounding area is still officially in drought despite the Met Office saying last month was the wettest April since records began.

The Environment Agency announced on Friday that 19 areas in the country, including the Midlands, were no longer in drought.

However, Anglian Water which owns Rutland Water and supplies parts of Rutland, Stamford and Bourne from the reservoir says its area is still in drought and all restrictions still apply.

The parts of Rutland which are supplied by Severn Trent Water are no longer in drought but are still classed as being at risk.

A spokesman said: “We need to remember that the few wet weeks we have just experienced comes after two dry years and most importantly, two dry winters.

“The refill of aquifers is a natural process which largely occurs during the autumn and winter months. We are now entering the time of year when aquifer and reservoir levels typically begin to fall once more.

“Our concern is that, despite some recovery, these already low levels will deplete further over the summer. This and the possibility of a third dry winter means we need to continue to do what we can to conserve water.

“This, unfortunately, means that the hosepipe ban will not be lifted, but we will keep the situation under constant review.”