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13 June 2012, 10:18
Anglian Water customers across Norfolk and Suffolk will have their hosepipe ban lifted.
The recent spate of wet weather has boosted flows in many rivers and largely refilled reservoirs hit hard by the two-year-long drought.
The restriction on hosepipe use will end tomorrow (Thursday 14, June).
Paul Valleley, Director of Water Services at Anglian Water, said: “I am delighted that we are able to make this announcement. It was never our intention to keep these restrictions in place a moment longer than necessary.”
Although the ban on using hosepipes has been lifted, Anglian Water is still urging their customers to continue using water wisely.
The ban was introduced on April 5, after suffering the driest year on record.
However, shortly after the ban was announced, April turned out to be the wettest in 113 years.
John Clare, a spokesman for Anglian Water told Heart that he was surprised that the ban had ben lifted so soon.
Previous predictions estimated the restrictions on hosepipe use would last through the summer.
Despite the April showers many parts of East Anglia still remains in drought.
Anglian Water believes a full winter of rain is needed to replenish supplies.