Southern Water reservoirs return to 'healthy levels'

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Reservoir levels and aquifers in the South East have returned to healthy levels, according to a water firm.

Southern Water, which supplies Kent, Sussex and Hampshire, said very wet weather had helped replenish stocks.

Reservoirs and aquifers were at average or above average levels but more rain was needed to fully recover from the recent drought, a spokesman said.

He added: "Now we're in the recharge season and have some rain, the early signs are encouraging."

Southern Water, South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, and Veolia Water Southeast imposed restrictions on water use in April following two dry winters.

All the companies lifted hosepipe bans in June and July after "abnormally heavy rainfall".

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