Yesterday I received an update from the Environment Agency (EA) on the hosepipe ban imposed here in the north-west on 9th July.
It seems that, despite recent rainfall, not all reservoirs have been replenished as quickly as it had been hoped. This seems to be the case particularly with the Pennine reservoirs, where water levels remain lower than the EA would expect at this time of the year. This is largely due to the fact that we have had the driest start to the year since 1929. Unfortunately, United Utilities (UU) have therefore confirmed that the hosepipe ban will remain in place until overall reservoir levels have sufficiently recovered.
According to the latest weather forecasts from the Met Office, more rain is expected for the second half of this month, with the North-west possibly receiving above average levels of rainfall. This is expected to help replenish water supplies in the region.
Please do avoid using hosepipes or sprinklers until further notice- you can be fined up to £1,000 for breaking this ban. Should you wish to water your garden, please consider using a watering can. If you would like to wash your car, please do use a bucket and sponge. Disabled customers and blue badge holders are exempt from the ban, which is being kept under constant review and will be lifted as soon as water supplies allow.