Update 06/12/2022 – This hosepipe ban has now ended.
Yorkshire Water have announced they will be imposing a hosepipe ban starting on Friday 26th of August.
The last hosepipe ban in the region was in the hot summer of 1995, but company bosses say that reservoir levels have fallen to less than 50%.
Although the company has spent millions on fixing leaks since 1995, critics think the company should have gone further and noted that no new reservoirs have been built despite an increase in population.
From Friday the 26th of August, the following will be banned for Yorkshire Water customers:
- 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
These activities can still be undertaken using watering cans and buckets.
Certain exemptions will be in place for businesses and blue badge holders.