Sussex is currently safe from the hosepipe ban, says Southern Water

WATER use rose by nearly 100 million liters a day last month – but despite scorching temperatures, officials say there’s no need for a hosepipe ban just yet.

Southern Water shipped an average of 631 million liters of water per day to customers in July, well above the usual average of 540 million liters.

And while a hose ban will come into force in nearby Hampshire on Friday to cope with a 25 per cent reduction in river flows, the water company said Sussex is not yet at risk because the county gets its water from an aquifer.

“Water sinks down through the chalk until it reaches the bedrock. We’re using boreholes to pump it out,” a Southern Water spokesman said.

“This means that droughts in this part of our region are very dependent on how wet or dry the winter is.

“We had an unusually dry winter last year, one of the driest on record, but generally it takes two dry winters before drought fears arise in areas where the main source is groundwater.”

The Argus: Sussex has circumvented the garden hose banSussex has circumvented the garden hose ban

But the National Infrastructure Committee (NIC) said the way the UK manages its water needs needs to improve or people could face a future looking for emergency water supplies “from the back of the trucks”. .

NIC Chairman Sir John Armitt told The Observer: “You have to pay for water one way or another.

“That could be investing in new reservoirs or moving water across the country and stopping leaks.”

The Angling Trust and Rivers Trust also joined calls for the British government to fix their water problems.

“There is no strategic, coherent, common approach. The reaction is always knee-jerk,” said Mark Owen of the Angling Trust.

“What happens when we get to that stage – when it’s very dry and hot – is that usage suddenly skyrockets as people fill up paddling pools and water their gardens.”

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s temporary ban on use means hose lines cannot be used to water gardens or clean cars, and ornamental ponds and swimming pools cannot be filled.

Sussex residents can monitor available water levels via the Southern Water website. Sussex is currently safe from the hosepipe ban, says Southern Water

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