• Mon. May 20th, 2024

Oxfordshire: Thames Water hosepipe ban could last till 2023

Byoxfordnewspaper

Sep 27, 2022

A hosepipe ban which is in force across Thames Valley will remain in place until water reserves return to normal levels.

Thames Water, which supplies nearly 10 million people, has said water levels are well below where they need to be.

The ban, known as a temporary use ban, was put in place in August after an extremely dry spell of weather.

READ MORE: Oxford to get huge pop-up Christmas shop

Andrew Tucker, Thames Water's water demand manager, told the BBC there was no set date for the ban being lifted.

However, it was unlikely it would happen before the new year.

He told the broadcaster: "We are still trying to recover from a really tough year that Mother Nature threw at us.

"Ten of the last 12 months have been below average rainfall. We've had a little bit in September and we can see the grass is now greening up but an average September doesn't make up for 10 months of dry and record heat."

A Thames Water spokesperson told this newspaper the ban being lifted will “depend on the weather”.

They said: “We’ve had nearly a year’s worth of below average rainfall and our rivers and groundwater needs a lot of re-refilling.

“We need our autumn and winter months to give above average rainfall, so that our water reserves can get back to normal levels, ready for spring and summer next year.”

Read more from this author

This story was written by Sophie Perry. She joined the team in 2021 as a digital reporter.

You can get in touch with her by emailing: sophie.perry@newsquest.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter @itssophieperry

A message from our Editor

Thank you for reading this story and supporting the Oxford Mail.

If you like what we do please consider getting a subscription for the Oxford Mail and in return we’ll give you unrestricted access with less adverts across our website from the latest news, investigations, features, and sport.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok for more.

You can also join the conversation in our Facebook groups: stay ahead of traffic alerts here, keep up to date with the latest from court here, share your favourite memories of Oxford here, get your daily dose of celebrity news here and take some time out with news that will make you smile.

If you’ve got a story for our reporters, send us your news here. You can also list an event for free here.