Hosepipe bans still stand across the UKposted on 25 May 2012 | posted in General News
Despite weeks of rain, hosepipe bans are still to be enforced in some parts of the country. Having just endured one of the wettest Aprils on record, many thought that the drought might be over. However households across the country have been told by their respective water boards that the hosepipe ban still stands. Anglian Water confirmed that a ban would still be imposed within its region, even though the Environment Agency had lifted similar restrictions in neighbouring South Yorkshire, horncastlenews.co.uk reports. Additionally, although Thameswater said that 'two and a half times' the normal amount of rain fell last month, its ban still stands for domestic customers - though those with gardening businesses are exempt. With this in mind, it seems even more important for householders to take steps to prevent water shortages come summer time perhaps by installing a rainwater harvesting system. This can collect and filter thousands of litres of liquid, which is then ready for watering the garden, topping up swimming pools or even flushing toilets. It's a great idea given the hot weather the country is now being treated to. Temperatures reached a high of 26.7C in the Solent yesterday (Wednesday 23rd May 2012) and are expected to exceed this over the next few days, according to thisislondon.co.uk. A spokesman for Anglian Water said that the hosepipe ban would remain to counter any issues caused by an anticipated dry summer and a third consecutive dry winter.