Water companies 'unlikely to impose hosepipe ban' in some areas of England

Wettest April on record lifts 'drought status' from areas of England
Wettest April on record lifts 'drought status' in areas of England Credit: ITV News

Water companies in the South West, the Midlands and Yorkshire are unlikely to impose hosepipe bans on customers this summer, the Environment Agency said today.

The announcement follows the lifting of 'drought status' from 19 areas in England.

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Drought over in parts of England

South West England, the Midlands and parts of Yorkshire are no longer in drought after persistent and heavy rain in recent weeks, the Environment Agency has said.