Gardeners rejoice - this summer won’t see a hosepipe ban in Norfolk, Suffolk or Cambridgeshire

Households across East Anglia look set to be spared rationing if summer brings a drought.

Weekend sunshine brought a taste of summer, with many reaching for the barbecue as the mercury soared.

But after the dryest March since 1929 across East Anglia, will our gardens be scorched earth come July?

Water companies elsewhere are warning reservoir levels are already 20pc below normal levels for this time of year.

And parts of the eastern region have had just 15pc of the rainfall they would normally expect during March.

But today Anglian Water said supplies were where they should be in its main reservoirs like Rutland and Graffham Water - meaning it did not expect to need hosepipe bans.

'We do worry about dry winters, as that's when our reservoirs and underground aquifers fill up for use in the summer. We expect it to be dry in the summer, but in the Winter, we expect a lot more rain,' said spokesman Ciaran Nelson.

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'At this stage, all of our reservoirs and underground stores are where we would expect them to be for the time of year. We're not expecting to have to introduce any restrictions on water use. It's now 20 years since we had a hosepipe in the East of England, despite being the driest part of the UK, with two-thirds the average rainfall of the rest of the country.'

The Met Office is forecasting warm, dry weather with below-average rainfall for the rest of this month.

Mr Nelson said people should not take water for granted and should try to conserve supplies.

'We'd always advise people to conserve water, as it's a precious commodity that we often take for granted,' he said.

'Things like not leaving the tap running while you brush your teeth, or collecting water for your garden in a water butt, can really help.'