Hosepipe ban set to continue as weather expected to stay warm
THE hosepipe ban is still in place this week despite the recent downpours, according to the area's water supplier.
Sutton and East Surrey Water says the recent rains have still done little to replenish the water levels, which are at a record low, and with weather expected to improve, they say there is no sign of an end to the hosepipe ban.
Stuart Hyslop, the water company's spokesman, said: "At the moment there is no sign of recovery.
"We are expecting warmer weather this week and we have to hope that doesn't push up demand and hope people respect the fact there is a hosepipe ban."
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Water levels in the company's primary reference borehole, Well House Inn, still sit around 45 metres below ground level – the lowest level since records began in 1959.
Though the recent rainfall has filled the Bough Beech Reservoir, the company says it does not account for enough of their supply to make a difference to the hosepipe ban. Mr Hyslop told the Mirror: "Bough Beech is full but that supplies only 15 per cent of our supply."
Two successive dry winters have left water levels too low, and the spring downpours have been soaked up by growing plants.
With sunshine and warmer weather on the horizon, Mr Hyslop says the change does not bode well for water levels.
"After a few dry days the plants will start soaking up any rain which falls again," he said.