Anglian Water announces hosepipe ban
A HOSEPIPE ban is due to come into force on April 5, Anglian Water has announced.
The Huntingdon-based business is one of seven water companies in the south and east of England that will enforce domestic customers following the driest period in the region for more than a century.
Peter Simpson, managing director of Anglian Water, said: “This is the first time Anglian Water has imposed a hosepipe ban in more than 20 years, but 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.
“In addition to the hosepipe ban, we are asking our 4.2million customers to help us save water at home, at work and in the garden.
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“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.”
The other water companies are Thames Water, Southern Water, Veolia Central Water, South East Water, Veolia South East and Sutton and East Surrey Water.
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Mr Simpson added: “This is one of those times when everyone needs to pull together and help save water, as well as look out for relations, neighbours and friends who might struggle in some way – perhaps lifting a heavy watering can or bucket for example.
“We are not telling people to stop doing what they have to, but to adapt their behaviour to reflect the severity of the situation. The message is – do what you can.”
People have until April 5 to contact Anglian Water to suggest what exemptions if any, are appropriate.