At last, three water companies have lifted their hosepipe bans with the rest looking at following them. Southern Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water and Three Valleys Water all announced today that the lifting of restrictions would come into effect from midnight.
This winter has seen all of England and Wales getting higher rainfall than average. Reservoirs are topping up nicely and the all important groundwater levels are also improving steadily. Water UK, representative of the water companies still urged caution:
Ofwat has amended South East Water's Conditions of Appointment to allow it to replace Mid Kent Water as the water service provider for nearly 250,000 customers in the Kent area.
This will give effect to the merger of South East Water and Mid Kent Water, which was cleared by the Competition Commission in May, and ensure that customers' interests continue to be protected. [read more...]