Thames Water has said it could lift its hosepipe ban sooner than expected after the recent wet weather. But South East Water and other companies in the region have confirmed their bans remain in place.
Paul Butler, the Managing Director of South East Water said he understood that his firm's decision might leave some customers frustrated and confused about the differing stances taken by individual water companies.
In a statement released this morning South East water said that 'While recent rainfall has boosted river and reservoir levels, it has had little impact on the region’s groundwater sources, many of which remain at severe levels.'
– Paul Butler, Managing Director, South East Water
"The fact is the amount of water currently available in our underground reserves simply doesn’t support that course of action, and ahead of what could be much warmer, drier months.“South East Water gets 75 per cent of the water it supplies from underground supplies, which are very low – some are approaching levels that we’ve never seen before. Conversely other companies get the majority of water supplies from rivers or reservoirs which responded well to all the early spring rainfall.
“Clearly drought affects different regions in different ways, and so we will continue to remind our customers that restrictions still apply through our water efficiency and publicity campaigns over the summer.“We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the extraordinary efforts they have made so far, while reassuring them that we are also doing everything we can to secure their water supplies.”