Milton Keynes residents urged to use water with caution as parts of UK face hosepipe ban

    Anglian Water is encouraging caution as counties across the South East of England see hosepipe bans being introduced.

    The company is urging people in the region to not waste water following weeks of dry weather.

    Hosepipe bans are set to be introduced across Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, following what has reportedly been the  driest July since 1935.

    Once these bans are in place, there will be restrictions on households using hose pipes on their grass, to clean their cars and fill up paddling pools.

    While Anglian Water, the company that covers Milton Keynes, currently says they have no plans to introduce a ban, they are 'encouraging' customers to "use their water wisely".

    Plans are currently in place to monitor water levels in the region.

    A spokesperson for Anglian Water said: "On a normal day, we supply roughly 1.1 billion litres of top-quality drinking water to our 4.3 million customers across the East of England, but when temperatures peaked at over 40 degrees a few weeks ago, we exceeded a record-breaking 1.6 billion litres - more water than we’ve ever treated and sent to customers’ taps before.

    "Despite a very dry year so far, our reservoir levels are stable, at around 80 per cent full, and our groundwater sources are in reasonable shape too, so we’re not currently planning on any hosepipe bans this year.

    "But we are watching river levels very closely at the moment to see how they respond if it stays dry. We operate in the driest region in the country, so conserving and managing our water resources and protecting against drought is what we do every day.

    "Although one dry winter doesn’t give us cause for concern now, we also need to make sure we conserve enough water for tomorrow, next month and next summer too. It’s such a precious commodity that often gets take for granted.

    "This is why we always encourage customers to use water wisely, whatever the weather."

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