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Hosepipe ban: Tougher restrictions ruled out
HEAVY rain fall in April means the threat of more serious water restrictions has been ruled out, it has been announced this afternoon.
A hose pipe ban for the region, including Bucks, is already in place and will remain, but there had been fears of tougher sanctions, possibly even standpipes on streets.
However, a drought order is no longer being considered after the second wettest April on record for the area.
Richard Aylard, Thames Water’s sustainability director, said: “It is a great relief for us that we can now rule out seeking a Drought Order this year.
“No water company wants to impose restrictions on its customers for any longer than absolutely necessary.
"Despite all the recent rain, we still have a serious groundwater shortage, and we could yet have a long hot summer, so, much as we’d love to, it would be irresponsible for us to lift the hosepipe ban just yet.”
Nearly nine million customers are affected by Thames Water's hosepipe ban.