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Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Hosepipe Ban 2022

Update 05/11/2022 – This hosepipe ban has now ended.

Today sees a hosepipe ban being imposed by Southern Water across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The water company says this is due to 8 months of low rainfall in the area and being in the midst of one of the driest years on record.

Southern Water includes a list of restrictions that are affected by the Temporary Use Ban:

  • Watering a garden using a hosepipe
  • Cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a hosepipe
  • Watering plants on domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe
  • Cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool
  • Drawing water, using a hosepipe, for domestic recreational use
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe
  • Filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain
  • Cleaning walls, or windows, of domestic premises using a hosepipe
  • Cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe
  • Cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe.

Breaking hosepipe ban restrictions generally results in a maximum fine of up to £1000.

We will update our Latest News section when any changes to this hosepipe ban occurs.

13 replies on “Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Hosepipe Ban 2022”

Are you allowed to water desalination plants with a hose?

Seriously I used to live in Kuwait, where it hardly ever rained. There was always plenty of fresh water never any restrictions. Just goes to show what can be done with a decent government. This is not the first time, it’s been happening since the 70’s to my knowledge.

I don’t know where you get your information, but it would be regions within water companies, surely, not entire counties.

Yes if you read the headlines Hampshire brought in a hose pipe ban last Friday. WRONG Southern Water brought in a hosepipe ban for parts of Hampshire but Southwest Water which also covers part of Hampshire did not and according to the email they sent to me “we have no plans to introduce a hose pipe ban”.

It’s totally unbelievable! We live in a cold country that gets more rain thatn most. We’re also surrounded by water! Someone’s getting rich and taking us for fools.

What about record low rainfalls do you not understand.. also I’d like to see you water your garden with sea water

They do in Australia via desalination plants of which we have one which should be, but isn’t, able to produce water for Thames Water (I think). Gina does have a point in that some water companies are more interested in paying their shareholders dividends than meeting the future demand for their water.

Shareholders invest in a company by purchasing shares, each of which represents a certain percentage of the business. In return for owning shares, members are entitled to vote on significant decisions and receive a portion of any profit generated by the business. The shareholders own the company and if the business does well they will get a dividend. You would not invest in a company if there was no chance of receiving anything back.

U.A.E. seem to do okay with desalination plants. Enough for their water needs or do they rely on rainfall?

Gina have you not seen photos of reservoirs where the levels are much lower than normal. If it does not rain the levels will continue to reduce?

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