Is there still a hosepipe ban after it rains?

The firm said: “Groundwater levels are currently below normal throughout the region and declining towards levels that would be only be expected once a decade.

“Reservoir storage levels in London and Farmoor, in Oxfordshire, have reduced significantly and are now at levels not seen for around 30 years.”

The coming TUB will ask domestic customers not to use hosepipes for “cleaning cars, watering gardens or allotments, filling paddling pools and swimming pools and cleaning windows”.

Experts have predicted that water companies may have to wait until October before they allow customers to use hosepipes again.