Hosepipe bans lifted after downpours

The heavy rainfall has led to the final four water companies in England that imposed horsepipe bans earlier this year to lift them. The companies, South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Veolia Water Central and Veolia Water Southeast, imposed the ban in April and had expected it to run throughout summer. Southern Water, Anglian Water and Thames Water lifted their bans in June.

News of the lifted bans has been welcomed by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA).

“We are obviously pleased there are now no hosepipe bans in place in the UK and would encourage gardeners to use the remaining summer months to plant up their garden,” said HTA policy manager Gary Scroby.

The bans have been lifted following the record amount of rain in the region in the past three months. The downpours have resulted in many parts of the UK becoming flooded, causing problems for gardeners and affecting business for greengrocers.