RESIDENTS are being asked to pull together and help save water, as homes throughout the region face up to their first hosepipe ban for 20 years.
Along with five other water companies in the south and east, Anglian Water and Thames Water announced this week that their domestic customers would be subject to a hosepipe ban from Thursday, April 5 – just in time for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
The step is being taken to counter the effects of an increasingly severe drought.
Managing director of Anglian Water, Peter Simpson, said: “We believe this is the most sensible and responsible action to take to help safeguard customer supplies for this year, next year and beyond.
“Our region has had its driest 18 months for a century, including two dry winters which have robbed us of the rainfall we need to refill rivers, reservoirs and aquifers.
“In addition to the hosepipe ban, we are asking our 4.2 million customers to help us save water at home, at work and in the garden.
“Along with lots of rain, what we need most of all is common sense.
“This is one of those times when everyone needs to pull together and help save water.
“We are not telling people to stop doing what they have to, but to adapt their behaviour to reflect the severity of the situation. ”
At present, the ban will only apply to domestic use of hosepipes for things like gardening, washing cars and windows and filling paddling pools.
For now, businesses are not affected but Anglian Water is urging its business customers to use water sparingly.
People can still use watering cans to water the garden and buckets of water to wash the car, provided they are not filled via a hosepipe.
Disabled blue badge holders are exempt from the ban.
For more information about the restrictions, visit your water company’s website at www.anglianwater.co.uk or www.thameswater.co.uk