The Severn Trent water company has warned that water restrictions are under review, following the second driest spring since records began.
The GMB union has been told that a hosepipe ban was likely in two weeks, though Severn Trent have not confirmed this.
The company has 8 million customers and covers various parts of the midlands, including Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.
Read Severn Trent’s statement about the current situation:
Severn Trent today confirmed that there is an increasing likelihood of water restrictions in some parts of the region, unless we see a return to seasonal average rainfall within the near future.
The situation is under constant review and no decision has been taken. Our first priority is always to maintain continuity of water supply to our customers and we will open up a dialogue with them and our stakeholders before any restrictions are proposed.
Parts of the Midlands have seen the second driest Spring since records began and, although key reservoirs were full at the end of February, (99% by 7th March) the combination of the long dry spell and increased customer demand has put pressure on supply resources.
We are looking at every option to conserve supplies and are continuing to focus on leakage after one of the coldest Decembers for over 100 years. Our leakages are now back on target thanks to the hard work and dedication of our people and at least 50% of all leaks fixed within our 3 day target.