ANGLIAN Water’s first hosepipe ban in 20 years will start on Thursday April 5, the day before Good Friday.
Today, Anglian Water, Thames Water, Southern Water, Veolia Central Water, South East Water, Veolia South East and Sutton and East Surrey Water all announced temporary hosepipe bans would begin on April 5.
Peter Simpson, Managing Director of Anglian Water, said: “We believe this is the most sensible and responsible action to take to help safeguard customer supplies for this year, next year and beyond.
“Our region has had its driest 18 months for a century, including two dry winters which have robbed us of the rainfall we need to refill rivers, reservoirs and aquifers.
“We are doing our bit too; millions of pounds are being spent to secure water supplies in the region and we are working with neighbouring water companies to help keep them secure across the wider South East and East.”
Under the terms of the ban, there will be a small number of exemptions to protect jobs and livelihoods and the infirm. They include using hoses ‘to remove or minimise any risk to human or animal health/safety’ but the company is asking for people to suggest other exemptions before April 5.
Customers can still water their gardens if they use a watering can not a hose, and can still clean their cars, provided they use a bucket.
Businesses and other commercial operations are not affected, but the company is urging them to save water.
More information is available at Anglia Water’s hosepipe ban page