Affinity Water has withdrawn its warning that a spring hosepipe ban could be needed in its central region, announcing groundwater levels are recovering well following the heavy rainfall over winter.
The company alerted customers to the possibility of a ban in September after three years of dry weather. But groundwater levels have now recovered from a ‘low’ position in October and are expected to continue to rise until the end of the winter recharge period.
Affinity acknowledged the environmental impact prolonged dry weather, notably low flows in the region’s globally rare chalk streams. Director of corporate affairs, Jake Rigg said: “We have embarked on a massive programme of river restoration whilst reducing the amount of water we take from groundwater and are also working hard to fix leaks to leave more water in the environment.
"Our customers can play their part too by using less water. This could be as simple as just two minutes off your shower time. If we all play our part, this could have a significant impact and help chalk streams cope better during periods of dry weather and adapt to the challenges that climate will bring.”