Hosepipe ban still in place despite rain

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THE region’s water company and the Environment Agency are warning the recent downpours will not resolve the drought crisis.

Anglian Water has said the hosepipe ban will remain in place to maintain customers’ supplies next year, as Pitsford Reservoir continues to be about 20 per cent below where it is expected to be.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said: “The recent rain has had an effect on the Nene, creating several peaks in the river flow during the last two weeks. We have been able to make good use of these peaks and taken the maximum amount we are allowed to under our abstraction licence.

“This has had the effect of slightly increasing the level of Pitsford Reservoir by about two per cent. The position remains serious however, with the reservoir currently 66 per cent full.

“The irony that it has rained most days since the hosepipe ban was introduced has not been lost on us.

“It is a relief for the environment, and I’m sure our customers will have found it useful in the garden as well. However, we must keep in mind that this drought is the result of almost two years of below average rainfall, including two very dry winters.Unfortunately, it’s going to take more than a few wet weeks to reverse the impact of that.”