Low rainfall could mean hosepipe restriction

An inspector raised concerns about Hilsea Lodge care home in Gatcombe Drive in Portsmouth

Council-run Portsmouth care home put into special measures

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WATER companies have still not ruled out introducing a hosepipe ban if there is not enough rain.

South East Water supplies water to parts of Hampshire and said it has seen the driest October to January period since 1992.

The firm said in that timeframe it has received only 73 per cent of the rainfall it would normally expect.

Lee Dance, head of water resources and environment at South East Water, said: ‘In the absence of any prolonged periods of rainfall to bring all our water resources back to normal for this time of year, we are having to plan prudently for restricting customers’ non-essential use of water by banning the use of sprinklers and hosepipes.

‘While we are not running out of water, if the situation does not improve within the next few weeks, we will need to put in place the drought measures set out in our drought plan.

‘Those restrictions may need to come into force as early as the spring.’

Both Southern Water and Portsmouth Water said they had no plans to introduce any hosepipe restrictions at this stage.