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Fenland residents told: 'No hosepipe ban, but please save water where you can'

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Hosepipe Ban. (2803469)
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People in Fenland are being encouraged to use water wisely during the current heatwave, though officials insist there is no prospect of a hosepipe ban.

Concerns have been raised over supply levels in the last few days, amid fears the extended dry spell could lead to drought conditions.

But Anglian Water bosses say supplies in this region are healthy, though they need the public’s help to keep them that way.

The firm has issued a list of advice points to help residents save water this summer, ranging from fixing dripping taps and taking shorter showers to making fruit-based ice cubes, heading to the beach instead of filling your own paddling pool, or finding extra uses for the water in your pool.

Emma Staples, from the company, said: “There’s no chance of a hosepipe ban this year.

“Water levels in our reservoirs and groundwater stores are healthy and we are grateful to customers who help make the best use of the water we have in this dry region by loving every drop all year round.

“That said, we do need customers to help us on the journey. This weekend and the next few weeks are set to be warm and dry.

“Ultimately, we exist as guardians of this precious resource to make sure there’s enough go round for generations to come.

"That means planning decades into the future, investing heavily today for tomorrow and helping our customers enjoy life but still use water wisely wherever possible.”

Meanwhile, RSPCA officials are also urging owners to keep their pets cool while the mercury continues to soar.

Iced treats and paddling pools are on offer at the charity’s Block Fen centre, near Wimblington, and RSPCA operational superintendant Lee Hopgood said: ““There is a very serious side to keeping pets cool over summer as animals can suffer from heatstroke which could be fatal, especially if left in a hot car, conservatory or caravan.

“Pets may struggle to realise when they are too hot so make sure they have constant access to shade and don’t over exercise them in the heat. Remember if the pavement is too hot for your hand then it will be too hot for their paws.”

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