No need for hose pipe ban yet, says firm

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OFFICIALS at Portsmouth Water have stressed they have no intention of introducing hose pipe bans next month.

The message comes as seven water companies in the South East, including Southern Water, announced their intention to impose temporary bans on non-essential uses of water from the beginning of April.

But, as reported, Portsmouth Water, which supplies water to the Portsmouth area, is asking for ‘voluntary restraint’ in the coming months as supplies have not been as badly affected.

Neville Smith, managing director at the Havant-based firm, said: ‘With the driest winter conditions recorded since 1992, we are currently asking our customers to use water wisely.

‘If rainfall continues to be significantly below average over the coming months there is a real risk that this summer we might have to impose restrictions such as hose pipe bans in order to ensure that essential public water supplies can be maintained.’

He said customers had responded well in the past to calls to use water wisely.