Hospipe ban due to start in a few days time has been called off


United Utilities have announced that the hosepipe ban set to come into force on Aug 5th has now been called off.

The company gave the pleasing news on the website telling customers that it was called off due to the slightly cooler temperatures and recent rainfall.

Dr Martin Padley, our Water Services Director, said: “We would like to thank all of our customers who have helped in recent weeks by saving water wherever they can around the home and in the garden.

“Our leakage teams are working 24 hours a day to find and repair as many leaks as possible and we have been moving water around our network. We have also been making operational interventions such as installation of new pumping stations, pumping between reservoirs, bringing ground water sources into use and prioritising maintenance to help ensure supplies have not been interrupted during the prolonged hot spell.

“Given the improved position, helped by recent rainfall, we do not want to inconvenience customers unnecessarily at this time. However, the long-range forecast from the Met Office is one of relatively dry weather into the autumn, so future restrictions are still a possibility if more rain doesn’t arrive.

“In the meantime, we are continuing to step up our own response and over the coming weeks you will see our teams out and about, bringing additional water supplies on-line and fixing even more leaks.  We are working closely with the Environment Agency in monitoring the water resources situation and we still urge our customers to please help us by using water wisely where they can.”

Lets go back a step, United Utilities said in a recent interview “It would take a month of rain for water supplies to be normal again and then the hosepipe ban could be lifted” we saw on national tv how bone dry some reservoirs was, and how low the reserviours were for Manchester.

We had only a couple of days rain, it was not torrential although Sunday was fairly consistent, it still would not have been enough to stop the hosepipe ban and from the footage we have seen would have not been enough to make any significant improvements to water levels.

More investigation is needed on this one and will update the article very soon.


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