Hosepipe ban 'unlikely' in Thames Water area

Thames Water has said it does not "foresee" its customers will face a hosepipe ban this summer.

A spokesman said that from June last year to May this year, the company had 99% of the long-term average rainfall for the region.

But he said that although its reservoirs were full at the moment, officials would continue to monitor water resource predictions regularly.

Thames Water said it had reduced leakage by 27% in the past five years.

The company, which has eight million customers in London and the Thames Valley, last imposed water restrictions in 2006.

The ban followed two consecutive winters with below-average rainfall.

Thames Water is currently spending £1bn replacing Victorian pipes, which are estimated to leak about a third of water travelling from reservoirs to homes.

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