Dry winters make water companies issue a hose pipe ban

April 11, 2012

Landlord Information

East Anglia, the South East and parts of Yorkshire are currently in drought. This has made water companies in these regions introduce a hose pipe ban to restrict how much water we use.

After having two years of dry winters and hardly and rainfall, reservoirs and groundwater are now running dry. If this continues, the water restrictions will remain in place.

There are seven water companies who are included in the temporary ban:

  • Anglian Water
  • South East Water
  • Southern Water
  • Sutton and East Surrey Water
  • Thames Water
  • Veolia Water South East
  • Veolia Water Central

If you are a customer of any one of the above companies and would like more information, check their website as each company have published details of what you need to do during this hose pipe ban.

Direct Gov have also provided a list of things you may not be able to do, you must also still abide by what your water company tells you to do.

You may not be able to:

  • Water your garden, allotment or other green space
  • Wash a private motor vehicle
  • Water plants that are in containers or in the ground but under cover
  • Draw water for domestic recreational use
  • Clean windows, walls, patios, paths or other surfaces
  • Fill or maintain a domestic pond
  • Clean a private leisure boat

If you do not abide by the ban (which started on 5th April 2012) you may be fined up to £1,000 per offence.

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