This article was published on April 4, 2012 and information contained within may now be out of date.
Local residents are being reminded that, despite the current rainfall, the hosepipe ban is due to start on 5th April.
The ban will be effective for all domestic customers across the Anglian Water area. The step is being taken to combat the effects of an increasingly severe drought, following the driest 18 month period in more than a century.
This is the first time Anglian Water has imposed a hosepipe ban in more than 20 years, with the company stating that this is the most sensible and responsible action to take to help safeguard customer supplies for this year, next year and beyond.
The region has had its driest 18 months for a century, including two dry winters which have meant that the rainfall we would expect to refill rivers, reservoirs and aquifers has not taken place.
In addition to the hosepipe ban, Anglian Water are asking customers to help save water at home, at work and in the garden. The company is also investing millions of pounds to secure water supplies in the region and are working with neighbouring water companies to help keep them secure across the wider South East and East.
Under the terms of the ban, there will be a small number of exemptions to protect jobs and livelihoods and the infirm. Customers can still water their gardens if they use a watering can not a hose, and can still clean their cars, provided they use a bucket.