United Utilities calls off summer season hosepipe ban in England (News)


Low water levels in Wayoh Reservoir at Edgworth near Bolton

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Low water ranges in Wayoh Reservoir at Edgworth close to Bolton final month

The primary hosepipe ban of the summer season that might have affected seven million individuals in England has been referred to as off.

The short-term ban by United Utilities (UU) was as a result of begin within the North West on Sunday to “safeguard important provides”.

However current rainfall, cooler temperatures and a discount in water utilization have led to it being lifted.

UU has warned that it might nonetheless have to introduce a ban at a later stage if the dry climate continues.

Martin Padley thanked prospects for conserving water and mentioned the corporate didn’t “need to inconvenience prospects unnecessarily at the moment”.

‘Future restrictions’

“Our leakage groups are working 24 hours a day to search out and restore as many leaks as doable and now we have been shifting water round our community,” he mentioned.

“The lengthy vary forecast from the Met Workplace is one in every of comparatively dry climate into the autumn, so future restrictions are nonetheless a chance if extra rain would not arrive.”

Earlier this month UU, which provides about 3.2 million properties, mentioned it was shifting water from Wales to spice up depleted provides throughout north-west England.

The primary half of the summer season within the UK has been the driest since 1961, UU mentioned.

The corporate’s drought plan says its “minimal degree of service” permits bans not more than as soon as in 20 years, on common.

It final imposed a ban in 2010 and the referred to as off ban would have been the third within the firm’s 23-year historical past.

Final 12 months, the water regulator handed the corporate an £8m “underperformance” penalty.


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