Hosepipe ban still in place by South East Water

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ALTHOUGH there are ‘signs of recovery from drought’, South East Water is still banning residents from using hosepipes in East Sussex.

The company is encouraging customers to ‘keep up the good work and continue to use water wisely – come rain or shine’.

It said there were signs of recovery in its underground sources, with the rainfall of the last three months now reaching these crucial water reserves, particularly in its shallower chalk aquifers which respond more quickly to rainfall.

Nevertheless, it is continuing to promote using water wisely and will be taking its water efficiency trailer on the road throughout the South East during the rest of the summer.

Experts will be on hand to give advice and free goodies to visitors at St Lawrence Fair in Hurstpierpoint on June 30 and Wivelsfield Village Day on July 14.

Lee Dance, Head of Water Resources and Environmental, said: “It is good news that our vital underground sources are beginning to recover, with some encouraging signs that levels are stabilising in some areas, while in one or two others they are actually rising.

“We are continually reviewing the need for restrictions, but in the meantime we are asking our customers to continue being sensible with their water use.

“With three quarters of the water we supply to our 2.1 million customers coming from these underground sources, it is essential that we remain prudent when managing them, as we have no control over the weather,”

Groundwater levels are updated regularly at www.southeastwater.co.uk.

Here you can also find lots of advice on how you can save water around the home and garden, and what South East Water has been doing to tackle the drought.