Hosepipe ban to be introduced in April

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A hosepipe ban will be introduced in Northamptonshire from April, it has been announced.

Seven water companies in southern and eastern England today announced they will be introducing hosepipe bans on domestic customers from Thursday, April 5.

The ban will be effective for all customers who get their water from Anglian Water across the region. The step is being taken to combat the effects of an increasingly severe drought, following the driest 18 month period in more than a century.

Anglian Water, Thames Water, Southern Water, Veolia Central Water, South East Water, Veolia South East and Sutton and East Surrey Water all said the introduction of the temporary hosepipe ban would begin on April 5, before the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Peter Simpson, managing director of Anglian Water, said: “This is the first time Anglian Water has imposed a hosepipe ban in more than 20 years, but we believe this is the most sensible and responsible action to take to help safeguard customer supplies for this year, next year and beyond.”

People have until April 5 to contact Anglian Water to suggest what exemptions if any, are appropriate.

At present, the ban will only apply to domestic use of hosepipes for things like gardening, washing cars and windows and filling paddling pools. Businesses and other commercial operations are not affected.