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Hosepipe Ban for South West Water Customers

South West Water will introduce a hosepipe ban throughout Cornwall and parts of North Devon starting on Tuesday 23rd of August.

It’s the first hosepipe ban in the region for 26 years and comes off the back of an extremely dry summer and drought conditions having been declared.

The water company say that its reservoirs are only half full and the Temporary Use Ban is being implemented as a precautionary measure to safeguard supplies in the near future.

South West Water also cite the influx of new residents during the pandemic as being a cause of extra demand on local resources.

The company’s hosepipe ban includes this list of things customers can’t do:

  • Water a garden using a hosepipe
  • Fill or maintain an ornamental fountain
  • Clean a private vehicle using a hosepipe
  • Water plants on domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe
  • Fill or maintain a domestic pond using a hosepipe
  • Clean walls, or windows of domestic premises using a hosepipe
  • Draw water, using a hosepipe, for domestic recreational use
  • Fill or maintain a domestic swimming, paddling pool or hot tub
  • Clean paths, patios or other artificial outdoor surfaces, such as decking using a hosepipe
  • Clean a private leisure boat using a hosepipe

4 replies on “Hosepipe Ban for South West Water Customers”

Almost a year (19th august 2023 today) and after one of the wettest summers in memory we STILL have a “temporary” hosepipe ban. Beginning to wonder if it will ever get lifted.

Why don’t they use all the water in the road’s potholes, they’d easily fill Roadford Lake reservoir.

No doubt as soon as the tourist season kicks off the hosepipe ban will be lifted.
Ridiculous, the most expensive bills in the country and one of the wettest areas. Invest in infrastructure and provide this essential service to the people who pay you.

Why don’t south west water utilise the millions of gallons sitting in disused Clay pits in clay county outside of st Austell and as sitting on clay and sand are perfectly good for cattle to drink as tested by a laboratory for my farmer friend shouldn’t take much more to clean for human consumption or are all exorbitant profits headed back to American shareholders?

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