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Hosepipe bans remain in place for now, say water firms

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Water shortage: supplies remain low across the region Credit: Calendar

Customers of Anglian Water are being asked to continue using water wisely. Despite recent spells of rain the Environment Agency says sources may remain low until the end of the year.

While the situation is under constant review, the temporary usage bans – or hosepipe bans, as they are commonly known – remain in place for now.

Water levels improve

There are warnings for people to use water wisely despite water levels across the region improving.

A report by the Environment Agency shows water levels in rivers and reservoirs have reacted well to the recent wet weather, but many groundwater sources could remain low for the rest of the year.

For now, Anglian Water customers are being told to save water and the hosepipe bans will continue until supplies are secure.

Almost half of the water we put into supply comes from groundwater sources, particularly in the east of our region. The full impact of the recent rain on these sources remains to be seen, largely because our aquifers refill naturally and more slowly.

We don’t want to keep the hosepipe ban in place for a day longer than we have to, and we’re keeping the situation under constant review. However, restrictions remain in place for now.

– Peter Simpson, Managing Director of Anglian Water

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