Water ban now lifted

ANGLIAN Water lifted the hosepipe ban on 14th June - just over two months after it was introduced.

Director of water services Paul Valleley said he was delighted to inform customers of the move.

“It was never our intention to keep these restrictions in place a moment longer than necessary,” he said.

“When we introduced the ban back on 5th April, 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.”

“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.”

Anglian Water urged customers to use water wisely, whatever the weather, reducing usage where possible to conserve supplies through the summer.

The company said it will continue to drive down leakage and investing in drought-busting schemes to tap new sources of water and improve the storage and movement of water around its network.

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