Published On: Monday 24 September 2018 07:03

Manx Utilities has announced that the hosepipe ban put into place on 3 August is to be lifted with effect from Monday 24 September 2018.

The organisation has thanked members of the public and businesses for considering the best use of the Island’s drinking water by ‘using water wisely’ and ensuring ‘every drop counts’ during the period of the ban.

Despite recording one of the worst raw water stock low points for many years and the below average rainfall during the ban period the reservoirs are now looking sufficiently healthy to allow the ban to be removed.

Chairman, Dr Alex Allinson MHK said, “I am very grateful that the people of our Island have risen to the challenge when raw water stocks became extremely low following a prolonged period of very warm weather. The majority of people accepted the ‘Temporary-Use-Ban’ (or hosepipe ban as it is known) seriously and those efforts have most certainly helped the Island sustain clean drinking water stocks going into the winter months.”

Dr Allinson went on to say, “I would like to thank the people and businesses of the Island for thinking a little bit differently regarding water conservation, for putting up with the inconvenience and most of all for supporting us through the ban period.