Hosepipe ban to be lifted in Northamptonshire

Hosepipe Ban
Hosepipe Ban

Anglian Water will today announce they are lifting hosepipe bans which have been in place since April.

The water company, along with Thames Water and Southern Water will formally announce the end of the restrictions today and they will be officially lifted tomorrow.

Seven water companies across southern and eastern England brought in hosepipe bans to combat drought, after two unusually dry winters left some groundwater supplies and rivers as low as in the drought year of 1976.

But the restrictions introduced early in April were followed by record rainfall across the UK for that month, and more rain in May and the beginning of June.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said that the decision had been made because of a combination of factors combining to ease pressure on the water system.

He said: “It’s been because of supply and demand, it has recharged.

“It also is because we have had such a cold, wet May and June following a wet April, which means demand has been suppressed.”

The news came as heavy downpours battered Britain, with forecasters warning they are set to continue through the rest of the week.

In its latest drought briefing last week, the Environment Agency said the wet weather had significantly reduced the risk of drought and widespread water restrictions this summer.

River levels and reservoir stocks have improved significantly and further water restrictions for the public and businesses are unlikely, the government agency said.

Experts at Pitsford Weather Station said the forecast for the next few days revealed more rain was on its way.

A spokesman said: “With early morning mist and a distinctly chilly feel to the air, this morning feels more like November than the middle of June. However, we should see the mist and cloud breaking up fairly quickly to reveal some spells of sunshine. This should help to lift temperatures this afternoon to around 16C. However, there is still some instability in the atmosphere and we could see some showers developing through the day, the heaviest of these though will be in areas further west. Any showers that do affect us will die away this evening to leave a dry night with lows falling to around 9C.”

Thursday should remain dry during the morning, but there will be a fair amount of cloud around. This cloud will have developed sufficiently through the afternoon to trigger some outbreaks of mainly light rain. Unsettled conditions will continue on both Saturday and Sunday with further outbreaks of rain.