Southern Water rules out an upcoming hosepipe ban in Sussex

SOUTHERN Water has ruled out the prospect of an impending hose ban for parts of Sussex even though a drought has been declared.

Water use restrictions came into effect today for South East Water customers in parts of East Sussex including Burgess Hill, Peacehaven, Eastbourne, Seaford and Haywards Heath.

But Southern Water said its supply relies on groundwater from underground aquifers, which it says has a “stronger resource position” than some reservoirs across the country.

The announcement comes as the drought was declared after Sussex experienced the driest July on record.

The Argus: A drought has been declared in London along with the South West, South East and East of England after a prolonged dry spellA drought has been declared in London and the south-west, south-east and east of England after a prolonged dry spell

A spokesman for the water company said: “While no restrictions are required at this time, we remain in close contact with government, regulators and environmental stakeholders and are constantly reviewing the position.”

Water Secretary Steve Double said the government, the Environment Agency and others would take action to deal with the effects of the drought.

He said: “All the water companies have assured us that the basic service is still secure and we have made it clear that it is their duty to maintain that service.

“We are better prepared than ever for droughts, but we will continue to closely monitor the situation, including the impact on farmers and the environment, and take further action as needed.”

The Argus: Wildfires have erupted in parts of Sussex in recent days, including near a care home in Walberton earlier this weekWildfires have erupted in parts of Sussex in recent days, including near a care home in Walberton earlier this week

Meanwhile, Morrisons is the latest supermarket to pull single-use grills from sale “until further notice” over concerns about the fire risk they pose in hot, dry weather.

Retailers have been pressured to suspend sales after fire services warned that dry conditions across the country are causing grassy areas to be “like tinderboxes”.

The West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said it has tackled 32 grassland fires since July, a third of them since early August alone.

The Met Office warned of “exceptionally severe” wildfires in parts of the South Downs over the weekend.

Temperatures reached 34.2C in the village of Wiggonholt in Sussex – which is now believed to be the hottest part of the country.

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20628165.southern-water-rules-imminent-sussex-hosepipe-ban/?ref=rss Southern Water rules out an upcoming hosepipe ban in Sussex

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