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Hosepipe ban called off

The hosepipe ban due to come into force in the North West has been cancelled by the water company United Utilities.

In a statement, the company said: “Recent rainfall and a reduction in customers’ water usage, combined with the measures being taken by United Utilities to maximise water available in its network for supply, has led to the lifting of the hosepipe ban planned for this weekend across the North West of England.”

However, United Utilities did warn that it may still need to introduce a ban at some point, should dry, hot weather return for a prolonged period in August.