Hosepipe ban ends after weeks of rain

THE hosepipe ban was finally lifted on Thursday after weeks of rainfall in the region.

Dubbed by many as the “wettest drought” anyone can remember, exceptionally wet weather since the start of April – when the hosepipe ban came into effect – has boosted flows in many rivers and largely refilled reservoirs hit hard by the two-year-long drought.

Many groundwater aquifers have also recovered from what had been record low levels in some areas.

However, Anglian Water is still urging customers to use water wisely, whatever the weather.

Paul Valleley, Anglian Water’s Director of Water Services, said: “I am delighted that we are able to make this announcement. It was never our intention to keep these restrictions in place a moment longer than necessary.

“When we introduced the ban back on April 5, we had just been through the driest year on record and gone two winters without the rainfall needed to recharge reservoirs and aquifers.

“Almost from the moment we announced the ban it started raining and April turned out to be the wettest in our 113-year records. There’s no way we could have predicted it, but in some places we had three times the average rainfall in April.”

While Anglian Water is confident supplies are now secure this summer without the need for restrictions, concern remains over levels in many of the region’s underground aquifers, which will not improve until winter.

Paul added: “We are enormously grateful to our customers for their help and support over the last two months.”