Yorkshire Water announces hose ban

In a statement, Neil Dewis, Yorkshire Water’s director of water, said: “Parts of Yorkshire have experienced the lowest rainfall since our records began more than 130 years ago. The hot, dry weather means Yorkshire’s rivers are running dry and our reservoirs is about 20 percent lower than we would expect at this time of year.”

“We have done everything we can to avoid imposing restrictions, but unfortunately they are now necessary as part of our drought planning.”

“Having now reached that trigger point, we need to ensure that we have enough supplies for the essential needs of people across the region this year and next, as well as ensuring that we are able to protect our local environment by limit the amount of water we have to draw from the rivers.”

“Our decision to impose a snake ban is based on the risk of water stocks continuing to decline in the coming weeks and the need to be cautious about clean water supplies and long-term river health.”

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