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Water companies unlikely to impose summer restrictions

Despite the very dry early spring, water companies do not envisage that they will have to impose water restrictions this summer, according to Water UK.

A number of companies have noted that some reservoir levels are lower than is normally expected at this time of year but that there is no indication that there will be a need for water restrictions. However, Water UK said it would encourage all consumers to continue using water wisely in order to reduce wastage.

Water companies carry out detailed water resource planning under a “dry year” scenario to ensure that levels of service can be met under drought conditions, said the organisation. They also plan for the peaks in demand associated with the Easter and Spring Bank Holidays, when homeowners often get out and start enjoying their gardens.

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