Hosepipe ban lifted

AFTER an unprecedented level of rainfall over the past two months Southern Water has lifted restrictions.

A hosepipe ban was introduced in April in Sussex, after two unseasonably dry winters.

Groundwater levels were dangerously low, and Bewl Water reservoir, which supplies 1066 country, had fallen to 50 per cent capacity.

However weeks after the water restrictions were brought in, there was record rainfall in the south, with the wet weather continuing through May and June.

Southern Water ended the ban yesterday for its area, which includes Hastings and Rye, and Thames Water and Anglian Water have done the same.

The company’s water quality and strategy manager Meyrick Gough said: “While our focus remains firmly on helping to deal with the aftermath of the torrential rain and flooding in the south over the last few days it is also right for us to lift the water restrictions.

“Our supplies have been topped up by the wet weather and are now in a much stronger position going into the summer than they were when we introduced the restrictions in early April.

“However, with the underground sources, which supply the vast majority of our customers, still below average for this time of year, we are asking our customers to continue with their efforts to use water wisely and not waste water.

“We have seen a great response from customers and demand has dropped considerably as a result of the wet weather and customers doing their bit and we are very grateful for their continued support.”

The water company’s four reservoirs are now all more than 80 per cent full, with Bewl Water at 81 per cent, and although some water sources remain low for this time of year, the majority are no longer in drought.

However South East Water, which supplies Bexhill and Battle, has said the restrictions are expected to remain in place until autumn as groundwater levels are still too low, despite a large volume of recent rainfall, which has replenished rivers and reservoirs.