The hosepipe ban due to start on the weekend has been called off thanks to the recent deluge and a drop-off in temperatures.
United Utilities insisted on Tuesday there would be no u-turn on the decision, but on Thursday morning it announced the slightly cooler temperatures and recent rainfall have eased the demand for water.
It also said customers’ water saving efforts there was no introduce any restrictions, but warned that a future ban in the autumn could be a possibility.
Dr Martin Padley, our Water Services Director, said: “Given the improved position, helped by recent rainfall, we do not want to inconvenience customers unnecessarily at this time.
“However, the long range forecast from the Met Office is one of relatively dry weather into the autumn, so future restrictions are still a possibility if more rain doesn’t arrive.”
Water companies have been criticised for not fixing leaks which meant thousands of gallons of litres were lost every day.
The unprecedented warm and dry weather in recent weeks has magnified the problem, but Mr Padley claims the issues are being brought under control.
“We would like to thank all of our customers who have helped in recent weeks by saving water wherever they can around the home and in the garden,” he said.
“Our leakage teams are working 24 hours a day to find and repair as many leaks as possible and we have been moving water around our network.”
“We have also been making operational interventions such as installation of new pumping stations, pumping between reservoirs, bringing ground water sources into use and prioritising maintenance to help ensure supplies have not been interrupted during the prolonged hot spell.
“In the meantime, we are continuing to step up our own response and over the coming weeks you will see our teams out and about, bringing additional water supplies on line and fixing even more leaks.
“We are working closely with the Environment Agency in monitoring the water resources situation and we still urge our customers to please help us by using water wisely where they can.”
Britain’s heatwave is by no means over and temperatures could top 30C again over the weekend.
Emer O’Connell, a consultant at Public Health England, said: “With temperatures rising we’re advising people to look out for friends, family and neighbours who may feel the heat more than others.
“People with heart and lung conditions, older people and young children can all struggle in warmer weather as their bodies find it more difficult to cope with higher temperatures.
“So our advice for everybody is look out for others, drink plenty of fluids and if travelling anywhere, take water with you.”
As recently as Monday, taps were running dry across the North West due to leaks and pump failures as United Utilities insisted the hosepipe ban would go ahead despite the downpours last weekend.
At least seven areas served by the embattled company were left with either no water at all, dribbling taps, or in some cases “discoloured” water thanks to a range of infrastructure failures.
In Preston, mobile tankers had to be dispatched to supply emergency water while engineers repaired damage to the mains network.
Meanwhile homes around the Etihad Stadium in Manchester were left with little or no water, a situation also seen in Liverpool, Ashton-Under-Lyne, as well as rural and urban parts of Cheshire and Lancashire.
It followed heavy criticism of United Utilities’ leakage record after it was revealed the firm loses the equivalent of 175 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water meant for people’s taps every day.
The hosepipe ban was due to be imposed in the North West from Sunday – the only area of England earmarked for the restriction – with £1,000 fines threatened for those in breach.
And residents expressed fury at the ban, blaming United Utilities’ ability to marshal its water.
Article Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/02/hosepipe-ban-due-start-weekend-called-thanks-recent-rainfall/