Southern Water on when Hampshire’s hosepipe ban ends IG News

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After heavy rain and flash floods, we asked Southern Water if Hampshire’s ban on hosepipes was going to end any time soon.

The ban was imposed two weeks ago due to low water levels in the Echen and Test rivers.

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A Temporary Use Restriction (TUB) is in effect in many areas of the Southeast from August 5, which means that hosepipes can now be used in these areas only in very limited situations.

This is so that Southern Water can act immediately to reduce demand on rivers.

The company has now revealed more about how it decides when the ban will be lifted.

A spokesman said it was not possible to say when the ban would end, but added: “It really depends on the level of the river, and unfortunately less heavy rain will not be enough to bring them over quickly.

“We will monitor and keep customers updated.”

The country is experiencing the driest conditions since 1976.

Heavy rainfall this week interrupted days of high temperatures, causing flash floods in some areas, including Toton.

READ MORE: Hampshire city floods cause concern over drains

This comes after the Environment Agency declared drought in parts of Hampshire.

It was one of 14 regions in England where the agency went into drought as a result of extreme weather.

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