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Wondering where you got the "almost certain" bit about hosepipe bans from. As far as I am aware - and I regularly read the websites of the main water undertakers - none of the companies has indicated that hosepipe bans may be necessary. And that would be because it takes more than a dry season to reduce reservoir levels to the point where they could cause concern.

Nor is spring or summer rainfall (or the lack of it) as important in this context as winter rainfall. It is winter rain (when plants and trees are not in leaf) which replenishes the aquifers and it takes two successive dry winters to give rise to hosepipe ban concerns. The current cumulative tally is none.

Which is not to say that we should be wasteful. It's good practice to use water conserving techniques in the garden, even when the precious liquid is plentiful.

Simon, you know as well as me that more than two weeks of sunshine the hosepipe bans will follow - just look at the UK's water track record on hosepipe bans.

I remember a wet winter a few years back when it was said that the underground aquifers were full yet a hosepipe ban followed the following summer.

I certainly do not expect the water companies to be warning of anything on their site just yet - bad PR.

Keep an eye on this site for all the latest info on UK bans.

Thanks for your comment.


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