Despite a harsh winter and a dry spring, there will be no hosepipe ban this summer for the east of England.
Lincoln’s water supplier, Anglian Water, reassured customers about the region’s water security because the city has been through the coldest winter since 1910 as well as the driest March for the past 40 years.
Anglian Water Managing Director Peter Simpson says reservoirs are 90% full — meaning they do not need to introduce a hosepipe ban or restrict supplies this summer.
Simpson said they are able to make this announcement because of “careful collection and storage of the water available to us over the winter […] even if high temperatures continue well into the summer.”
However, he added: “No-one should think we are complacent. The reason we planned well for dry weather is because we live in the driest part of the UK with a third less rainfall than the rest of the country.”
Simpson says this is down to their campaign for water efficiency so they can continue to provide water for the increasing population.
Already more than 67% of their customers use a water meter, which reduces water consumption and the cost of bills, with the aim to get 80% using meters by 2015.
The company has also written to all of the region’s MPs to inform them about the areas water supply.