Hosepipe ban lifted following wettest April in 113 years

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THE hosepipe ban brought in to combat drought in the area is to be lifted after the wettest April in 113-year records.

Anglian Water confirmed it was lifting the ban from tomorrow due to the exceptionally wet weather since the start of April which it said had boosted flows in rivers and largely refilled reservoirs hit by the two year drought.

The company’s director of water services Paul Valleley said: “I am delighted that we are able to make this announcement. It was never our intention to keep these restrictions in place a moment longer than necessary.

“When we introduced the ban back on April 5, we had just been through the driest year on record and gone two winters without the rainfall needed to recharge reservoirs and aquifers.

“We were heading into the summer with reserves well below normal.”

He added: “Almost from the moment we announced the ban it started raining and April turned out to be the wettest in our 113-year records.

“There’s no way we could have predicted it, but in some places we had three times the average rainfall in April.“

However, the company is still urging customers to use water wisely whatever the weather as groundwater aquifers, which account for almost half the water that Anglian Water supplies, remain low and will continue to do so.

Additionally, the company said it will continue to do its bit – driving 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.

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