Hosepipe ban lifted

A hosepipe ban was introduced in much of the Anglia region in April, after 2011 was the driest year since 1921. The ban was lifted in June and July.

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Latest on the hosepipe ban being lifted

Watch Natalie Gray's report on the hosepipe ban being lifted in much of the Anglia region.

Anglian Water said: "Since we brought in the ban in early April it's really not stopped raining . This is one of the few dry days we've actually had here. Really we had three months of Winter rain in April and then persistent rain since then and that's made the difference for us."

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Partial lifting of hosepipe ban

Some of our region's horticultural businesses are becoming exempt from the hosepipe ban.

For at least the next 28 days, turf growers and landscape gardeners are now allowed to use a hosepipe on private property - for things like bedding in a newly laid lawn.

Anglian Water and Thames Water relaxed their bans after the exceptionally wet April. Veolia Water Central and East have kept their full bans in place, while Essex and Suffolk Water never imposed any hosepipe ban.

It is very essential that the water companies have done this otherwise people would have lost jobs and probably some already have lost their jobs through the loss of trade from the turf harvesting industry.

– Tim Cannon, Spearhead Turf
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