The four remaining water companies with hosepipe bans still in place have now lifted them following bouts of heavy rainfall, it has emerged today.
Sutton & East Surrey, South East Water, Veolia South East and Veolia Central imposed the bans in April but are now reporting a significant improvement in groundwater supplies.
Their decision to lift the bans comes after Anglian Water, Southern Water and Thames Water removed their restrictions on 13 June.
All firms had expected restrictions to carry on through the summer.
Last month was the wettest June on record, but while surface water supplies such as rivers and reservoirs were able to refill quite quickly, underground water supplies took longer to recharge.