Millions of households will have the hosepipe ban lifted before the end of summer after two months of rain returned rivers and reservoirs to normal levels.
Restrictions were due to last until Christmas after two dry winters left water levels at their lowest since 1976. But the Environment Agency has confirmed the risk of drought had been “significantly reduced” with no further action expected.
Provided dry conditions do not return, the ban is likely to be lifted before the Olympics next month.
Thames Water, which supplies almost nine million people across London and the Thames Valley, said it expected to remove the ban “sooner rather than later” with an update on water reserves due by the end of the month.
Answer with complete sentences.
- What is banned at the moment?
- When is the ban likely to be lifted?
- When was the ban expected to continue until?
- How many people get their water from Thames Water?
- When will Thames Water next tell people its plans?
- Do you find it strange that a country as wet as Britain has a hosepipe ban?
- Should we pay for water according to how much we use?
- Do you think water is a scarce natural resource?
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