'Monsoon' ends hosepipe ban

Felpham floods
This aerial picture shows the extent of the flooding in Felpham in Sussex. Photo: ITV Meridian

Two water companies have announced a lift on hosepipe bans in parts of the South.

From tomorrow, Southern and Thames Water customers in Kent, Sussex, the Thames Valley and parts of Surrey will be able to use their hosepipes.

Seven companies across southern and eastern England introduced bans in April after two unusually dry winters.

But on the day the ban started, the rains came - bringing record rainfall for April, followed by more in May. Earlier this week, when floods put much of Sussex under water, a month's rain fell in just one day.

The Environment Agency says the recent downpours significantly reduced the risk of drought and widespread water restrictions.

Rivers and reservoirs have risen significantly - and companies say further restrictions are now unlikely.

Companies still with hosepipe bans in place include South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water and Veolia Water Southeast.