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Water companies to lift hosepipe bans

The hosepipe ban has been in place since April. Photo: ITN

Three of the UK's biggest water companies have decided to lift the hosepipe bans which have been in place since April.

Thames Water, Anglian Water and Southern Water are to officially lift the bans from midnight tonight.

Seven water companies across southern and eastern England brought in restrictions to combat drought, after two unusually dry winters left some groundwater supplies and rivers very low.

But that was then followed by record rainfall across the UK in April, along with more wet weather in May and the beginning of June. The extra rain has boosted reservoir supplies but Richard Aylard of Thames Water has warned its customers to still be careful how much water they use.

However, South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Veolia Water Central and Veolia Water Southeast have hosepipe bans remaining in place. These companies rely on underground supplies which are taking longer to replenish.