High rainfall levels see South East Water lift its hosepipe ban

Only one water company retains hosepipe ban as wetter conditions bring drought respite.

South East Water lifted its hosepipe ban last week, making Mid Kent Water the only water company to retain a restriction due to groundwater supplies that have not recovered yet. South East Water director of assets David Shore said four months of above-average rainfall had significantly improved underground sources. “With the recent rainfall now starting to refill our key underground sources, we are more confident of being able to meet demand for water if we have a normal spring and summer, and without the need to keep the hosepipe and sprinkler ban in place.” The HTA has criticised the Government’s proposal to introduce water metering while the “illogical and unhelpful” hosepipe legislation remained. Public consultation is under way over the Government and the Environment Agency’s plans to introduce compulsory water-metering where there are serious water shortages. HTA director general David Gwyther said changes to the interpretation and detail of the legislation had been promised but he was waiting for further proposals from DEFRA. “At present, it looks as though gardeners will have to pay heavily for their water supplies, but won’t be allowed to choose how that water is used.”

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