Hose ban lifted for Sussex by South East Water

A hose pipe ban for the county was lifted after a month of torrential rain and widespread flooding.

South East Water had “no choice” but to limit the use of hose lines in August after record summer temperatures in the UK.

The water utility is warning people to still “watch their water use” if possible so the reservoirs can continue to recover.

The water level at Arlington Reservoir hit its lowest level on Oct. 23 at 33.4 percent, while Ardingly Reservoir hit its lowest on Oct. 16 this year at 22.7 percent.

Ardingly is now back around 80 percent and Arlington is just under 50 percent.

A spokesman for South East Water: “The significant rains in November really helped our rivers and reservoirs recover from the scorching summer.

“The soil is now wet enough to continue filling our underground limestone aquifers with water, and the rain has allowed enough surface water to flow into our rivers and reservoirs.

The Argus: The garden hose ban came into effect on August 12thThe garden hose ban came into effect on August 12

“While recent heavy rains have significantly increased the usable capacity of both our reservoirs and underground water sources, we still need to conserve water where we can.

“While water levels are high enough to lift the temporary hose ban, our customers must continue to be mindful of their water usage where possible to help our rivers and reservoirs continue to recover and to protect the precious local habitats that depend on them .

“Not only humans need water. Trees, plants, crops, wildlife, livestock, fish, birds and insects – in fact all flora and fauna – depend on the same water to survive and thrive.”

The Argus: Ardingly ReservoirArding Reservoir (Image: Sophie Lamm)

The hose ban was lifted the day after The Argus reported it was still in place.

The hose ban affected South East Water customers in Alfriston, Barcombe Mills and Haywards Heath, all places that have been experiencing flooding in recent weeks.

The company cited high summer water demand coupled with the driest eight-month stint since 1976 between November 2021 and July 2022.

The garden hose ban has also been lifted in Kent.

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23159418.hosepipe-ban-lifted-sussex-south-east-water/?ref=rss Hose ban lifted for Sussex by South East Water

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