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South West Water says no summer hosepipe ban

Householders face no water restrictions this summer in Devon and Cornwall, said South West Water.

The company said total reservoir storage is currently at 85% capacity, which is higher than other parts of the country facing rationing measures.

It would be the 16th successive summer without restrictions for South West Water customers.

The firm said that since 1976 its water capacity had quadrupled with five new reservoirs.

Surface water sources, such as reservoirs and rivers, provide about 90% of the region's water supply.

Neil Whiter, head of supply demand strategy, said: "Despite recent reports of drought affecting other parts of the country, South West Water remains in a good position with total reservoir storage at 85%.

"We are confident this will be our 16th successive summer without water restrictions.

"Since the 1976 drought, five new reservoirs have opened - Roadford, Wimbleball, Colliford, Stannon and Park - increasing the region's storage total by 87,383m litres.

"Over the winter months we have been making use of our pumped storage schemes which involve abstracting water from rivers while levels are healthy to supplement the natural inflow to our reservoirs."

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