Hose ban UK: Is there a ban in your area and what are the rules around watering your garden?


Why is there a garden hose ban?

South East England registered just 8 percent of average rainfall in July, and weather conditions are expected to remain hot, humid and dry in August and September.

How much is the fine if you break the garden hose ban rules?

Those who have broken the rules will most likely receive a warning from their water company. In the most extreme cases, a court can impose a fine of up to £1,000.

What can you use your water for under the garden hose ban in South East England?

There are some provisions in the garden hose ban, which means that activities under people’s daily routines may be prohibited, but others are allowed.

  • Although you cannot water your own garden, plants for sale or commercial use are not restricted.
  • Water sports fields – but only the “active” parts, not the whole ground
  • Washing a “public vehicle” such as a coach or bus
  • Filling ponds, ponds or fountains where fish or other animals are kept
  • Cleaning walls, windows, paths or patios with a garden hose for health and safety reasons
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Where else in South East England could a garden hose ban be imposed?

Thames and South West told The Telegraph they may need to introduce restrictions in the coming weeks. Others in the south, including Portsmouth and Wessex, said they are not currently considering restrictions.

How can you help save water?

If you want to conserve water during the dry summer season, there are a few things you can do as part of your daily routine:

  • Take shorter showers
  • Don’t wash your car – take pride in keeping it dirty
  • Do not wash your hair every day and do not use dry shampoo
  • Use the same glass, mug or cup all day long
  • Let your lawn turn brown and don’t cut it too short because it dries out faster
  • Throw a light fabric or hang a parasol over your plants
  • Install a rain barrel
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Will areas in the north be affected?

The north of England is expected to get rain in the coming days, with water companies there hoping to avoid having to introduce restrictions.

While temporary flood warnings have been issued in parts of the Lake District this week, officials are unsure that enough rain will fall across the country to reduce the need for further garden hose bans in the summer.

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