The region’s water provider United Utilities says that it will impose the ban if water demand does not fall soon across the region.

With no sign of rain in the next few days, a ban would prohibit householders from watering their gardens with hosepipes and sprinklers, as well as cleaning cars and filling garden ponds and children’s paddling pools.

“The prolonged hot weather means the region’s reservoir stores have decreased since last week, with some reservoirs looking more dramatic than others.” said the Company

“The reducing reservoir levels are not surprising given the ongoing lack of rainfall and exceptionally high demand. We are managing resources carefully, and our integrated network, which we have invested heavily in, does gives us the flexibility to move water around the region, to reduce demand on those sources which are lower.

“We are still encouraging our customers to voluntarily use water efficiently, by avoiding the use of water hungry devices, particularly outside in the garden. However, if demand does not reduce in the next few days we’ll have no choice but to introduce enforced restrictions.”



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