SPECIAL REPORT: DROUGHT - Hosepipe ban is in the pipeline

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BOSTON could be facing its first hosepipe ban in two decades, after the area has experienced its driest 16 months in 90 years.

Anglian Water has warned that water levels are so low in the area that it may be forced to restrict water usage, in a bid to ensure supplies continue to meet demand.

The company has recommended that people try to save water wherever they can, in a bid to deal with the ongoing drought in the county, which has hit Boston and south Lincolnshire particularly hard.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency told The Standard Boston had seen just 70 per cent of the average rainfall for the past 16 months.

She urged people to look for opportunities to save water and added: “If the population of Boston was to save just 10 litres of water per day this saving would be enough to supply the domestic needs of Kirton.”

One of the reasons Boston has been hit by the drought is because of a lack of groundwater, which means Anglian Water has not been able to harvest a sufficient amount of water.

Company spokesman John Clare said: “The water simply has not been there. River levels are very low and we have not seen any recharge of the ground water. Lincolnshire relies a great deal on ground water.

“We’ve not had a hosepipe ban in any of the Anglian Water area for 20 years, which is great, but it would be foolish to say there might not be one this year.

“Every day that goes by without significant rainfall makes it more likely.”

The ongoing drought, which has been brought on by two ‘exceptionally dry winters’ is set to affect people of all walks of life in the area – including farmers, businesses and residents.

Mark Nundy, who runs Windy Ridge Farm in Kirton Holme, said: “It’s a serious issue and I think every grower in the county is saving as much moisture as they can.”