South East Water lifts hosepipe ban across Bracknell ForestBy Hugh Fort
July 09, 2012
Weeks of "abnormal rainfall" have led to a hosepipe ban in Bracknell Forest introduced ealier this year being lifted.
South East Water has announced this morning the hosepipe ban in its areas, which includes most of the borough,no longer applies.
The company introduced the ban in March after its groundwater supplies reached record low levels after a two year drought.
However, the rainfall level since April means the supplies have been replenished
Paul Seeley, South East Water’s Asset Director, said: “We are pleased to be able to lift the restrictions and return to a normal service for customers. We would like to thank them for their support while they have been in place; their efforts have helped to keep demand for water well below levels normally experienced at this time of year.”
The company has stated that it is highly unusual for its reservoirs to refill at this time of year, but says one of its measurement points at Duckpit Farm in Canterbury has risen by around 15 feet since the end of April.
Mr Seeley said: “The increase in our underground resources brought about by the abnormally heavy spring rainfall is most welcome. Normally, only winter rainfall recharges the aquifers and so this recharge is unusual, and has seen some of the highest increases in water levels ever recorded in our area at this time of year.
“We are now confident that our water resources have returned to a position that means our customers’ essential needs are secure.
"However, the levels are still lower than we would like them to be so we are planning for a possible third dry winter and we will continue to seek our customers support to use water wisely.”