0 Thames withdraws Drought Order request

London Groundsmen and Greenkeepers can breathe a sigh of relief as Thames Water announced today that it was withdrawing its application for a drought order.

The formal request for the order was made on 26th June but the company stated that while drought conditions still remained the position had stabilised. London reservoirs were now at 78% of capacity, their highest level at the same time in two of the last three years.

Thames Water's environment director Richard Aylard said, "There is still a drought, but it isn't getting any worse, and we don't need to bring in any more restrictions beyond the existing hosepipe and sprinkler ban."

Mr Aylard added that groundwater levels in the region remain "very low" and that if there is a third dry winter in succession this year, it may have to apply again in 2007.

The company thanked its customers for their efforts to reduce water usage over the summer but said its existing hosepipe ban would remain in place.
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