Britain lifts hosepipe ban

June 13th, 2012 - 7:16 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 13 (IANS) Britain will lift its hosepipe ban due to “exceptional” rainfall over the last three days.

Britain’s three biggest water companies — Anglian Water, Thames Water and Southern Water — are to end restrictions Thursday.

It comes after several areas were left submerged after enduring almost two months’ worth of rain in just two days, the Daily Mail reported.

Homes were evacuated, schools were closed and dozens of areas were put on flood alert, with Bognor and Brighton particularly badly hit.

The hosepipe ban started April 5 and has been in place for just over two months, but ever since it began Britain has been deluged by rain.

April and the Easter holidays were a washout for tens of thousands of families, and after a brief respite in May the bad weather returned last week.

The ban covered the use of hosepipes for watering gardens, filling paddling pools and washing cars.

Those spotted flouting the ban faced fines of up to 1,000 pounds, the Mail said.

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