When you don’t get in trouble for ignoring it.
So what’s the point of having a hosepipe ban when those who are caught flouting the rules simply get a letter of warning from the water company involved? This is what is happening. For instance, Thames Water has sent out 2900 letters warning people who have been reported by neighbours for ignoring the rules since the ban started in April. I’m sure they were really scared.
Water companies can fine people up to £1000 for doing this, so why aren’t they? I’ll tell you. Because to start fining people would draw even more attention to the inadequacies and profiteering of the water companies.
As we’ve been suspecting for a while on this blog, the hosepipe ban is really just an exercise in pointing out to the public that we have a water shortage in this country and can we all please think about how we use water. Nothing wrong with that and it’d be nice if the water companies would fix their leaks to help the cause, but let’s not bother calling it a hosepipe ban.
A ban in this context is thought of as something punishable by law. This isn’t happening, so what’s the point?