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No hosepipe ban on the horizon, says Yorkshire Water

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Yorkshire Water say there will not be a hosepipe ban this summer, despite the recent scorching weather.

They are keen to ensure water is still used responsibly but are not expecting a ban to be issued for the 18th year running.

Yorkshire’s water resources are still looking healthy despite two months of scorching weather but warnings are once again being sounded about the dangers of swimming in reservoirs as the school holidays begin.

Neil Dewis, Yorkshire Water Head of Operations, said: “We are currently in the middle of another great summer and we know that long spells of warm weather can cause people to worry about the threat of a hosepipe ban.

“We’re proud not to have had a hosepipe ban in the region since 1996 and don’t see that changing this year. Although reservoir levels may be higher than last year thanks to a little more rain we’re not complacent. We would still urge customers to use their water wisely and we’ll be going around the region explaining our water efficiency campaign in the coming weeks.”

The sweltering summer across Britain – June was the hottest since 1910 and the current heatwave is forecast to stay for at least a fortnight – has also prompted Yorkshire Water to join forces with two of the region’s emergency services to sound another warning on swimming in its reservoirs.

Mr Dewis continued: “Despite the hot weather we would also like to once again ask people across the region to stay out of our reservoirs. They may look inviting but the temperatures and currents within them can be deadly and we’d hate to have another tragedy on one of our sites this year.”

 

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