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Investing in reservoirs

Yorkshire Water is investing millions of pounds in new reservoirs that can hold enough drinking water to fill three Olympic swimming pools.

They are being brought in to replace outdated storage tanks and provide a reliable supply of clean water for homes across the county. Paul Burland reports.

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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

Water company ballot

Thousands of workers at a water company with customers in North Lincolnshire are going to be balloted for strike action in a row over pay.

Around 5,000 members of the GMB union at Severn Trent will vote on the action after rejecting a 2% pay offer.

This 2% offer is the lowest in the industry and is well below inflation. It is not acceptable to GMB members.

Severn Trent Water has just announced the payment of a special dividend of £150 million to shareholders over and above the £100 million paid in the normal dividends.

Severn Trent have also increased bills to customers by 5.2%, raising an additional £60 million which they have simply passed on to the shareholders.

– Gary Smith, GMB officer

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.

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Hosepipe bans remain in place for now, say water firms

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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