Hose ban over but save water

ANGLIAN Water lifted its hosepipe ban yesterday, but urged people to cut water use.

The company says exceptional rainfall this spring has allowed lifting the ban, but underground aquifers that supply almost all of Suffolk’s water are still lower than normal.

Paul Valleley, Anglian Water’s director of water services, said: “When we introduced the ban on April 5, we had been through the driest year on record.

“April turned out to be the wettest in our 113-year records.

“The persistent rain and low temperatures have extended the recharge season into the early summer and this has made all the difference.”

But he added: “Many aquifers started April at historically low levels and many are still below normal, even after the torrential downpours.

“The recharge of these aquifers is a natural process and with summer now upon us, there is unlikely to be any real change until we get a full winter of rain to replenish them.

Anglian Water is asking customers to use water wisely whatever the weather.