Hosepipe ban ends Thursday

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ANGLIAN Water is lifting its hosepipe ban tomorrow, but urges people to be frugal with water.

The company says exceptional rainfall this spring has allowed them to lift the ban, but the 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 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. Effectively, we had three months worth of ‘winter rain’ in April. This was followed by a wet and cool May and June. 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 we have seen recently.

“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.