North West Temporary Hosepipe Ban Lifted


From tomorrow the North West following the driest start to the year in more than 70 years.

Please see below the letter I received from Philip Green, Chief Executive of United Utilities explaining the reasoning:

We wrote to you at the start of last month to explain why we had taken the decision to introduce a temporary hosepipe ban in the North West following the driest start to the year in more than 70 years.

Since then, steady rainfall in July and August, as well as a significant reduction in the amount of water used by our customers, has raised reservoir levels towards what we would expect for this time of year.


The hosepipe ban will be lifted on Thursday, August 19.


The average reservoir level in the region is currently 67% per cent. Some Pennine reservoir levels remain below average for the time of year, but we will be able to compensate for this shortfall by moving water from areas where it is more plentiful, such as Cumbria and North Wales, using our integrated pipe network. We are confident that supplies have recovered enough to lift the ban.


We are very grateful for the support and patience from our customers right across the region during this drought period. We estimate that the ban saved as much as 4 billion litres of water - the equivalent of 15 million toilet flushes a day.


Whilst it is welcome that we have been able to lift the temporary ban, we will continue to encourage our customers to use water wisely all year around.

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