Residents in Croxley Green have criticised a water company as they declared a drought despite recent heavy rainfall.
Affinity Water, based in Rickmansworth, supply the water in the Croxley area and despite heavy rain the company say too much water is being used in the region.
The drought was declared on September 25 despite a month’s worth of rain falling in Croxley on that day.
The hosepipe ban will come into effect in spring 2020.
Lisa Russell, who lives on Baldwins Lane, said: “It’s worrying that we are being told to save water despite the heavy rain.
“This summer was wetter than last year so if we are in a drought now then we probably will be for most years. It’s not good enough.”
The announcement by infinity water led to a 5,000 per cent rise in requests for water saving devices in the region that includes Croxley.
The company say that although the recent rainfall is welcome it is not enough to stop the drought warning as the last three years have seen below average rainfall levels.
Affinity Water’s director of communications, Jake Rigg said: “We would like to thank customers for really getting behind us to help save water. It shows great community spirit and will help us leave more water in the environment.
“We are doing our bit too by investing in our networks to replace water mains, finding more leaks by using data and the latest tech and have increased our team of engineers to fix leaks as fast as possible.
“Across our central region, which includes Croxley, we use on average 158 litres of water each per day, whilst the national average is 141 litres.
“The difference is roughly the equivalent of one bucket of water, or about a minute off your shower time. If everyone saved a bucket of water a day, it would make a real difference.”