Hosepipe ban ruled out for Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 11:18 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:50 18 July 2013

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WATER bosses have asked consumers to use water "responsibly" as the heatwave is set to continue.

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Affinity Water released a statement which said the hot weather had, unsurprisingly, boosted demand.

But, the firm insisted supplies were holding up, and there were no current moves towards imposing a hosepipe ban.

Head of water resources, Mike Pocock, said: “While our water resources for this year are fine, we need to plan in detail for a more challenging future with increasing population growth and where increasingly erratic weather patterns could lead to more frequent periods of drought.”

A spokeswoman added: “Due to the heavy rainfall period from April 2012 and into the winter, our groundwater sources remain above average for this time of year. There are no plans to introduce temporary use bans for 2013.”

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To help plan for more arid conditions Affinity Water has launched a survey entitled ‘Let’s Talk Water’.

The questionnaire asks customers to respond to queries about their water use, leakage, metering and the service they receive from the company.

The survey is online at www.talkwater.co.uk or customers can call 01707 277226 to have one posted to them.

Thames Water confirmed there would also be no hosepipe ban in Potters Bar despite a 15 per cent rise in demand for water.

Jerry White, head of water for Thames Water, said: “While we are currently a million miles away from a drought, our treatment works are being cranked up a notch to keep pace with the spikes in demand.”

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