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|Thames Water Lifts Drought Order|
- Wet weather and water saving measures ease crisis
THAMES WATER has withdrawn its Drought Order application to the Department of the Environment.
The move follows a series of wet weeks from the end of July. Thamesís customers have also helped by reducing consumption say the company. However, it says that although they no longer need a full Drought Order, the hosepipe ban will remain in force.
Robert Runcie, the Environment Agency Ďs Thames Regional Director, said: "We think Thames Water has made the right decision at this time. The drought isn't over - but the close to average rainfall in July and August and people saving water has left Londonís water supply in a far better position.
"However, the drought is still serious. Groundwater reserves remain well below normal across much of the Thames Valley following the last two dry winters. If we have a dry autumn and winter we could be in a difficult position again next year and Thames Water may need to reapply.
"We congratulate the public in reducing their water use - there has been a decrease of about 10% in Thames region - but we all need to carry on saving water to help reduce the risk to water supplies and the environment."
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