Thames Water has warned customers that a hosepipe ban will remain in place despite the wettest April since records began.
The water company said heavy downpours bringing more than double the historic long-term averagerain for the month had not made up for a shortfall caused by below-average rainfall in 20 of the previous 25 months.
Thames Water said last month's rain reduced the likelihood of the need to impose more serious restrictions later in the year but it is likely that the current temporary use ban, or "hosepipe ban" willneed to remain in place for the rest of the year.
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.
But it took the two driest years since records began for us to getinto this drought, and one wet month, even one as wet as April, will not be enough to get us out of it.
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