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Lincoln MP reacts to hosepipe ban end

As Anglian Water prepares to end its hosepipe ban at midnight for customers in Lincolnshire, Karl McCartney MP shares his views.

I also share my constituents’ disappointment and dismay that they have not received a rebate from Anglian Water for being prevented from using their hosepipes, especially if they have a water meter and so pay for the water they use. They pay for a utility service, but that service has sadly been lacking from Anglia Water . Once again, it seems, profit is being put ahead of treating customers fairly.

I am very pleased that the hosepipe ban will now end, but water companies must do more to ensure that they discharge their responsibilities to their customers more effectively in future.

– Karl McCartney, MP for City of Lincoln

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Hosepipe ban

It is expected that Anglian Water will lift the hosepipe ban, which has been in place since April.

The ban was first put in to deal with drought because after two dry winters groundwater supplies and river levels were low. However, following the restrictions there has been record rainfall across the UK.

Last week, in a drought briefing, the Environment Agency said the wet weather had significantly reduced the risk of drought and further restrictions for the summer.

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.

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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

Water levels on the rise

Groundwater levels have started to rise in some areas after the wettest April on record, but experts warn it will take more time and more rain to undo the drought in South and East Yorkshire.

In its latest update, the Environment Agency said drought is still affecting our region despite the recent heavy rain which has caused localised flooding.

Rivers are now at normal or above average levels, reservoir stocks have improved and dry soils have become wetter as a result of the record rainfall for the month, but groundwater levels remain low for the time of the year

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