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Hosepipe ban to remain in place

The hosepipe ban will remain in place despite London receiving more than double the historic long-term average rainfall for April.

Thames Water said a very soggy April still had not repaired the shortfall left by below-average rainfall for 20 of the previous 25 months.

We can certainly understand why some people are puzzled when they see a big red bus go by with ‘we are in drought’ emblazoned across its flanks… with puddles everywhere and monsoon-like rain cascading from the heavens.

Yes, we have had a seriously soggy April. We had more than double the rain we would expect last month. In fact, it hasn’t really stopped raining since we and six other companies imposed hosepipe bans on April 5. We are alive to this irony, and our contribution to the endless talking point that is the British weather."

– Richard Aylard, Thames Water

But it took the two driest years since records began for us to get into this drought and one wet month, even one as wet as April, will not be enough to get us out of it. Last month’s downpours will wipe out the shortfall for the last couple of months, but not all the dry months before that. So although April’s rain has not got us out of jail, it has loosened the locks slightly.”

– Richard Aylard, Thames Water

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