A hose ban will be introduced in Cornwall and parts of Devon from Tuesday next week, South West Water has announced.
“It’s the first time in 26 years, but we have no choice. We need a hosepipe ban now to protect our precious water,” a company spokesman said.
“We have done our best to avoid this ban. We’ve increased the amount of water we can store, doubling it since the last drought in 1976.
“We’ve opened reservoirs, installed a new borehole and improved the way we can move water across the region to help keep all the faucets running.”
This means at least eight million people are now under hose bans and if Thames Water announces its own as expected, 15 million will be added to the list.
The South West Water ban covers Cornwall and a small area of north-west Devon. The company serves 1.7 million customers in both countries.
It is now said to be repairing around 2,000 leaks a month, with a third happening on customer supply pipes that have been repaired free of charge.
It comes after a drought was officially declared for more than half of England late last week, with some areas going through the summer without significant rainfall.
The UK is now set for three days of heavy rain and thunderstorms, according to the Met Office, but that may not solve the problem.
Meteorologist Dan Stroud said: “When the ground is baked that dry, it’s very difficult for the ground to really absorb the water very quickly.
“What happens in those circumstances is the water runs off and we might have surface runoff issues, so some flash flooding.”
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/08/15/uk-heatwave-devon-and-cornwall-added-to-hosepipe-ban-list-17183189/ UK heatwave: Devon and Cornwall put on hose line ban list