What’s the Story with Hose Pipe Bans?

April 19, 2006 at 1:49 am

Much of the South East have been hit with hose pipe bans this month, imposed by water companies such as Thames Water after an unusually dry winter.

It is a fact that the UK has received record low levels of rain over the past few months and conserving water is a real issue, but many people are angered by how the water companies are dealing with this problem. It seems that alot of water is still being lost through leaking pipes and rather than making it a priority to repair the leaks, the shortage is being dealt with by imposing bans and restrictions.

The current restrictions state that households are not allowed to use hose pipes and sprinklers to water their gardens and wash private cars, caravans and trailers. There are however no restrictions on filling up swimming pools, ponds and hot tubs with a hose pipe. This does not seem to make sense at all, as surely the latter use far more water?

Many keen gardeners and people working in the Landscaping and horticulture professions are worried that this ban will kill their gardens and indeed have a negative impact on their businesses. The Horticultural Trades Association has called for a government review of hosepipe bans and a spokesman for the assocation reminds gardners that watering cans are still allowed to be used to water their plants.

Have you been negatively affected by the ban? Leave us a comment, or contact us to add your story.

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10 responses to “What’s the Story with Hose Pipe Bans?”

  1. John Taylor says:

    It seems the water companies have not considered those in the window cleaning industry – many who will suffer if the use of hosepipes, sprinklers or similar apparatus to clean windows become illegal.

    If window cleaners are forced to use ladders and buckets rather than the water fed poles that are used for windows at height, their safety could be compromised. Those then not willing to compromise their safety will surely then compromise their earnings.

  2. Pam Dart says:

    I grow my own veg in the garden. Why should I be penalised for trying to feed my family cheaply and healthily?
    Maybe I should get a hot tub and fill it with courgette plants!!

  3. Bob A'lee says:

    I washed my car and van on Sunday afternoon and another neighbour reported me to the local Water Company. I wouldnt mind but I dont even talk to the neighbours except for the polite “Hello”.
    So I am worried that my every move is watched by nosey people with nothing better to do than to cause upset amongst
    honest citizens. Whatever happened to “Community Spirit”.

  4. Robin Jones says:

    I endorse all water saving and recently invested in a timed irrigation system with soaker hose for my greenhouse and vegetable plot. I think this is far more “water efficient” than using a watering can to water the soil surface. Just the right amount of water is applied directly to the plant routes.

    I would be interested to know what the long term plans are. The South East has had a water shortage for many years. Why do we not do what other countries have done and pipe water from north where there is an excess. Perhaps use the canals.

  5. Shereen Southam says:

    I agree that the government and water companies should do more to fix leaks and pipe water to areas that regularly suffer water shortages.

    But whilst I understand that businesses stand to lose money if they are prevented from using the vast quantities of water necessary to wash windows or water their golf courses, until such time as the government and water companies DO plug up all the leaks and find a way to pipe water into dry areas and certain areas ARE still faced with the serious threat of drought and the need for all households to draw water from standpipes in the street, I still do NOT believe that such non-essential businesses should be exempt from any hosepipe bans! After all, water is vital for life and people need enough water to drink, cook and wash with. Whereas windows can survive without being cleaned for a few months and golf courses can always be revived if they flag a little!

  6. Lorna says:

    Why is it that we are not allowed to use a hosepipe in our garden but a local garden centre had their hosepipes turned on constantly for the 2 hrs I was visiting them and the water was just running into the gravel??

  7. John Dominy says:

    I think this is a time bomb waiting to explode! The compulsory installation of water meters won’t fill a reservoir. If I can afford to water my garden and clean my car, even with a water meter would there still be restrictions?

    Over two years ago the Make-Over TV program “two poofs and a paint brush” did a make over in the next road. The house still has a constant trickle of water emanating from the driveway.

    So, If I stopped 5% of my water bill payment and said it was a leak in funds from their bank account how, long would I get away with that?

    We are making ourselves a third world country with third world resources.

  8. Trevor Owen says:

    We do not need new resevoirs if the rain was collected from rivers and lakes which overflow when it rains heavily as it has done this week and diverted into underground wells which have been emptied in the past.

  9. David Craven says:

    Due to having a water meter, I have been encouraged to repair leaking pipework on my property. It has cost me £500 to do so.
    The cost of the water lost in the last 6 months adds up to approx. £200.
    I feel very strongly that this charge to me for leaking water should not go towards the profits of the water company and its share holders.
    I believe that this money should go directly towards the budget of the leak detection team.
    I am not a non payer of my water bills, but I am withholding this payment.
    I wonder how many S.E. water customers would agree with me.

  10. Kim Scott says:

    I badly want to grow my own veg but I am on a water meter and despite having 4 water butts, I cannot produce enough rain water to even water my plants and flowers. Any ideas? Also, I wondered if there was a pumping device that could be placed in the appropriate butt and connected to a hose to water the garden instead of wearying method of watering cans?

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