We’ve been receiving many questions from the owners of animals in all shapes and sizes asking if hosepipe ban rules apply to them. This post should help clear things up.
Please note that these are guidelines only – you may wish to contact your local water company for clarification.
Generally speaking the use of a hosepipe for the cleaning, maintenance and general well-being of any kind of animal is seen as being exempt from hosepipe ban rules. These are issues of animal welfare and not normally part of restrictions.
All water companies have to adhere to certain conditions laid out by the government. The government requires that under a hosepipe ban the welfare of animals must be protected.
A few examples of what is acceptable under hosepipe ban water usage restrictions:
- Topping up/changing water in ponds that contain fish or other species such as frogs, newts etc.
- Cleaning of animals and their living quarters
- Filling drinking troughs for animals
Obviously these rules are open to interpretation and indeed abuse. As long as you are genuinely using a hosepipe for the welfare of an animal you should have no problems.