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Although three of the seven water authorities who introduced hosepipe bans at the beginning of April lifted the bans last month after the wettest April on record, the remaining four companies are still monitoring the situation. A spokesperson said that although groundwater was recovering at an encouraging level, the remaining water companies are more dependent on underground sources and this is why the bans are still in place.

Anglian Water, Southern Water and Thames Water were confident last month that water supplies were now sufficient for the summer without having restrictions. Director of water service at Anglian Water, Paul 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.”

But all the companies are keen for people to continue using water wisely. Richard Aylard from Thames Water said “a heartfelt thank you to all our customers for complying with the restrictions” but also added that “if you have bought a water butt this year, please keep using it”

If you would like information on fitting a water butt, you can find out how easy it is by clicking onto our project page on water butts.

There are still hosepipe bans in four areas, covered by South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Veolia Water Southeast and Veolia Water Central.

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