Hosepipe ban’s ‘rain’ is over

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RESIDENTS across the district are able to use their hosepipes again from today.

Anglian Water has lifted the ban, following three months of wet weather.

Paul Valleley, Anglian Water’s director of water services, said: “I am delighted we are able to make this announcement.

“It was never our intention to keep these restrictions in place a moment longer than necessary.

“When we introduced the ban back on April 5, we had just been through the driest year on record and gone two winters without the rainfall needed to recharge reservoirs and aquifiers.

“We were heading into summer with reserves well below normal.”

However, the weather changed as soon as the ban was imposed.

Mr Valleley said: “Almost from the moment we announced the ban it started raining and April turned out to be the wettest in our 113-year records.

“There is no way we could have predicted it, but in some places we had three times the average rainfall in April.”

The water authority is continuing to ask its customers to use water wisely.

Rain is predicted for the Spalding area for the next four days, including thundery showers on Saturday.