United Utilities say hosepipe ban stays despite rain

United Utilities says lakes and reservoirs in Cumbria have recovered following the deluge of rain over the past two weeks but a lifting of the hosepipe ban is still a long way off.

The North West’s water provider said the weekend rainfall across the region was welcome, and confirmed the withdrawal of its drought permit application for Ennerdale Lake from the Environment Agency.

Ennerdale and Crummoc are now full. Thirlmere and Haweswater reservoirs, also in the Lake District, saw an 8% increase in water levels rising from 50% a week ago, to 58% by Sunday night.

But, United Utilities warned further sustained rainfall is required before all reservoirs fully recover. The North West has only seen two-thirds of the normal average rainfall since April after the driest seven months on record.

Some reservoirs in Lancashire remain at their lowest since records began 74-years ago.

A United Utilities representative said: "We’re monitoring reservoir levels on a daily basis and we will lift the hosepipe ban as soon as all reservoirs recover to normal. There is more rain forecasted for the region, and whilst not great for summer, is welcomed to bring the driest start to the year back into balance."

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