Water firms rule out a ban on hosepipes in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire
SEVERN Trent and United Utilities say there are no hosepipe bans planned for the region.
From today seven water companies in southern and eastern England are introducing restrictions on water use following one of the driest two-year periods on record, with domestic customers facing a £1,000 fine if they use their hosepipe in defiance of the ban.
But residents in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire will not be affected.
A spokesman for Severn Trent said: "We have had exceptionally dry conditions so we are keeping an eye on the situation, but at the moment there are no restrictions and no plans for any."
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United Utilities said reservoir levels in the North West were currently at nearly 90 per cent overall across the region, which is slightly lower than expected for the time of year.
Water supply and demand manager Richard Blackwell said: "Although there is no hosepipe ban here in the North West, we are keeping a close eye on things and it still makes sense to use water wisely, to make the most of our precious water resources.
"We can't predict how dry or wet the summer will be, but we will monitor the situation closely, and keep our customers updated."