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Hosepipe ban finally lifted as UK floods

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South East Water,Veolia Water Central, Veolia Water Southeast, and Sutton and East Surrey Water became the last of the suppliers to lift the ban, implemented after a dry winter left water supplies at drought levels.

Over a month’s worth of rain fell in just 24 hours over the weekend in what has been the wettest July since records began, leaving much of the UK hit by severe floods.

Roads were turned into rivers and cars stranded following days of torrential rain as insurers announced they expect to have to pay out over £200 million to affected homes.

In a statement, Veolia Warer said:

“A temporary use ban helped us to reduce demand and conserve precious water resources and we would like to thank our customers for their incredible support and apologise for any inconvenience caused by the ban.

“The unprecedented rainfall since April has led to a significant improvement in our water resources, which have now recovered sufficiently to allow us to lift the ban, without putting strain on the local environment.

“Although the exceptional levels of recent rainfall have resulted in an unusually high top up of groundwater for this time of year, the critical period for recharging our aquifers is between October and March, when less rainfall is lost to plant growth, evaporation and run off to rivers.”

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