Hosepipe ban lifted in Lincolnshire
Anglian Water today revealed it is lifting its hosepipe ban, following three months of wet weather.
It has joined Thames Water and Southern Water in announcing the restrictions will be officially lifted tomorrow.
Seven water companies across southern and eastern England brought in hosepipe bans to combat drought, after two unusually dry winters left some groundwater supplies and rivers as low as in the drought year of 1976.
But the restrictions introduced early in April were followed by record rainfall across the UK for that month, and more rain in May and the beginning of June.
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A spokesman for Anglian Water, which supplies all households across Lincolnshire, said the decision had been made because of a combination of factors combining to ease pressure on the water system.
He said: "It's been because of supply and demand, it has recharged.
"It also is because we have had such a cold, wet May and June following a wet April, which means demand has been suppressed."
The heavy showers that have plagued Britain this week will continue through the rest of the week, with Wales and the South West worst affected.
Gemma Plumb, forecaster at MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said today would see prolonged, fairly heavy showers across Wales and the South West.
She said there were "hints" further heavy and persistent rain will continue on Thursday evening and Friday morning but will not be as heavy as the start of the week.
All is not lost for a sunny summer though.
Ms Plumb said: "There are some hints of sun towards the end of the month but that is uncertain."