Gravesend and Dartford fountains back on after hosepipe ban

PUBLISHED: 15:28 15 June 2012

The hosepipe ban has been lifted

The hosepipe ban has been lifted

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The fountains in Gravesend’s Community Square and Dartford’s Central Park will be switched back on next week after the hosepipe ban was lifted.

Both Gravesham and Dartford councils announced in April that the they would be turned off for the summer because of the water restrictions put in place by Southern Water.

The hosepipe ban was brought in by the company on April 5 for the first time in five years amid one of the worst droughts since records began.

This was followed however by record rainfall for the rest of April, throughout most of May and into June.

Southern Water’s reservoirs are now more than 80 per cent full and are no longer in drought, meanwhile in some areas of the country severe flooding is now a priority issue.

Yesterday (14) the water company pulled the plug on the hosepipe ban but asked customers to continue to use water wisely as some underground water sources are still below average levels.

In Gravesend the Community Square fountains re-circulate the water used but there is a slight loss of water, with the main supply being used to top up the tank. During the drought the council decided not to turn the fountain on but they will now run throughout the summer.

The water play area in Central Park, Dartford, will also be reopened next week. From Tuesday 19 the popular children’s park, first installed three years ago, will be back in use.

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