Drought leads to hoses ban

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A HOSEPIPE ban will soon be enforced across the Vale.

Thames Water is one of seven companies in south and east England that has announced the need to impose water-use restrictions on its customers next month to combat the effects of an increasingly severe drought after two abnormally dry winters in a row.

This temporary use ban will be introduced as of April 5 before the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Martin Baggs, chief executive of Thames Water, said: “We have been doing as much as we can ourselves to save water, reducing leakage by a third since its peak in 2004 to its lowest-ever level, and hitting our leakage-reduction targets five years running.

“The additional step being announced today, which we are not taking lightly, comes after two consecutive dry winters. Groundwater levels in the aquifers, which we rely on for both borehole and river supplies, are well below where we would normally expect them to be. In some cases they are at their lowest levels ever recorded at this time of year.

“We know these restrictions will be unpopular, but they will save a lot of water. A garden sprinkler uses as much water in an hour as a family of four uses in a day, and when water is in short supply the needs of families must come first.”

Water boards Anglian Water, Thames Water, and Veolia Central Water will all be imposing the ban.