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As holidaymakers flock to the South East over the bank holiday weekend, Southern Water is urging both residents and visitors to not waste water.

Demand for water is expected to increase by a third if the warm weather continues and people make the most of the sunshine.

Although the April downpours gave water sources in the South East a much-needed boost, many remain below average for this time of year as they recover from two dry winters.

Water quality and strategy manager Meyrick Gough said: “It looks like spring is finally here and while we hope people enjoy the good weather and the Jubilee celebrations, we ask them to continue to use water sensibly, especially in key tourist areas like Brighton.”

Southern Water’s temporary restrictions, primarily a hosepipe and sprinkler ban, on water use in Kent and Sussex remain in place, although the company has granted an exception for gardening businesses and their clients, who can water newly-laid turf, trees, flowers and shrubs for 28 days after planting.

The company, which has reduced leakage to an all-time low, is continually monitoring the resource situation and the restrictions remain under review.

Meyrick said: “We don’t want to keep restrictions in place any longer than we have to and the recent wet weather and drop in demand means we may be able to life them sooner than we expected.

“However, it will take time for underground sources, on which we rely heavily, to fully recover from two dry winters and we will keep customers updated on the situation.

“I’d like to thank our customers for their continued support in saving water.”

Southern Water’s largest reservoir Bewl Water is now nearly 80 per cent full – almost double the level earlier this year – after the company pumped in water from the River Medway during the heavy rain.

For more information, go to www.southernwater.co.uk/drought