Water company to lift hosepipe ban after record rain
Published 13 Jun 2012 10:30 0 Comments
BRITAIN'S biggest water company has announced its hosepipe ban will be lifted tomorrow (Thursday) after 'an extraordinary amount of rain eased the severity of the water shortage'.
The ban was imposed by Thames Water and six other firms in April following the driest two-year period on record.
Thames Water today said 'a heartfelt thank you' to the 8.8m people it supplies across London and the Thames Valley, including homes in Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead, for complying with the temporary use ban, helping save more than 100 million litres a day during the hot spell in May.
Richard Aylard, sustainability director for Thames Water, said: "We are really pleased we can now lift the ban, but with groundwater levels still low and the possibility of a third successive dry winter, we still need to be careful. We don't need a ban, but we do need to ask everyone to keep on using water wisely.
"So if you've bought a water butt this year, please keep using it. If you've started taking shorter showers, please keep it up. And again, thanks for your help and understanding."
However, South East Water confirmed its hosepipe ban remains in place due to groundwater sources remaining at severe levels.
This article appeared in Local Berkshire 13 Jun 12