Though the hosepipe ban has ended, keep using water efficiently

9 July 2012

The final four water companies in England with hosepipe bans in place have lifted them, in a move affecting about six million domestic customers

Today customers rejoiced as South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Veolia Water Central and Veolia Water Southeast have joined Anglian Water, Southern Water and Thames Water by lifting their hosepipe bans. In a joint statement, the four said: "The companies would all like to thank their customers for complying with the restrictions and supporting their plea to use water wisely.” Waterwise joins with them to applaud water users on their water-saving measures, and to stress that, although the ban is being lifted, wise water use is still needed.

Jacob Tompkins, Managing Director of Waterwise says “This recharge of the groundwater levels is unusual for this time of year, but it’s great news that it has happened. Nobody wants a rainy summer, but it’s preferable to a long drought, which could significantly impact everything from food prices to wild animal habitats.”

In fact, though the Temporary Use Bans have now been lifted, groundwater levels remain lower than normal. Prolonged and substantial rainfall particularly during the next autumn and winter period are needed to restore groundwater to normal levels.

The recharge of the underground resources at this time of year brings to an end the severe drought we’ve been experiencing after two dry winters. However, this period of replenishment only underlines the fact that weather patterns are changing, and there is still the possibility of a third dry winter. Tompkins says “Although there have been exceptional levels of recent rainfall the critical period to recharge aquifers is between October and March. We don’t know what to expect this year.” 

The best thing to do is continue to use water efficiently.  

Some quick tips can be found here.

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