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Hosepipe Ban: Current Situation

There are no hosepipe bans in place in the UK.

Updated: 08:00 – Friday 30th of October 2020

There are currently no hosepipe bans in the UK. We now have a full report regarding concerns being raised by various water companies including South East Water, Yorkshire Water and United Utilities that can be found here: Hosepipe Ban 2020 – Water Companies Issue Warnings

Contrary to press reports, South East Water are not stating that a hosepipe ban is about to happen. They are however struggling to cope with demand for water and issuing daily updates. They are also asking for their customers’ help by using water carefully, including minimal use of hosepipes and not doing things like leaving sprinklers on or filling paddling pools. As long as the forecast rain comes soon, this should help ease the problems in that region.

We will update this page as and when changes occur. Please also see our Latest News and Home pages for more information.

484 replies on “Hosepipe Ban: Current Situation”

On our council allotments the council are saying that the National Allotment Society are saying that hosepipes are to be banned completely, and we are to use watering cans, this is fine if you have a shed or greenhouse on the site to catch rain water but even these are not allowed on site so what is our action needed on this as they say they are turning the mains off.

This country’s an absolute joke! How can we have a hosepipe ban after all the rain we had this year?!! Does anyone remember what it was like in February when we got all the floods? Where does all that rain go then?

Can I use the horsepipe to wash my car in hainault ilford as my car is dirty and I have seen other people use it

I need a ASAP AS EWER

thanks
For your soupprt

why is there no law for us to get a proper service from utility companies, to protect our rights as consumers. i live in a small parish in the north west we have a reservoir which was donated by its former owner to the local parishes. when the local water authorities were set up they took the reservoir under their control, it was then sold off as the authority was privatised. the private company now sells our water to Manchester some 130 miles away and imposes bans on us when it has given it all away.
I could write what i really think about united utilities but unfortunately the use of such obscenity on the internet is banned. Did i mention i have served my country in the armed forces and have to sit back and watch money grabbing arseholes run it into the ground.
if you the reader follows the markets could you suggest how much profit the water companies have made over the last 20 years and then suggest why there have been only 2 reservoirs built, whilst the population has gone from 57 million to 61 million.
These companies need to be mad accountable, I read with interest the statement above that water meters will bring down water usage, it also means a future where we could be billed £1 (ish) a litre – the argument being that that is the average price for a bottle of water. George Orwells 1984 watch this space we will end up paying to breath air next.

Hi,

Is there any updates on this? Is the hosepipe ban still in place or has it been lifted yet? A I have seen people now using hosepipes. Assuming it has been lifted. I currently live in Andover, Hampshire.

if the water situation in the south-southeast is so bad then why are we letting thousands of people come here for the olympic games if its as bad as they would have us believe then cancel the games

Wettest “drought” in living memory, yet still hose ban persists, and now the arrogant supplier can’t even be bothered to update this correspondence trail since two weeks ago and keep its customers appraised. I say time to end the monopoly and lobby MPs for a choice of supplier, as we enjoy for gas and electricity. These companies are too busy lining their pockets to care about customers. Let’s introduce some competition.

Hi i have a patio which my dog messes on, and have 5 young grandchildren i use to wash it down each day with jet wash and jeyes fluid can i not do this once a week now, or do i have to get rid of the dog, ground is still so bogey in Hampshire.

When will this ban end ? – as with other water companies. It costs a fortune to keep paying to have car cleaned! This morning it is covered in rain marks but they ate brown from dust. My car is black – it looks dreadful. Surely there has been enough rainfall now

An ongoing ban in certain areas is evidence of total incompetence on the part of those companies.

If they are not able to ‘tank’ the amount of recent rainfall, then they have not been doing their jobs properly and have inadequate measures in place to store water / or have become (in certain areas) too reliant on aquifers.

Either way, i would feel very embarrassed if i were running one of these companies. The words professional incompetence spring to mind.

Neil,

Is this condemnation based on any hydrological or hydrogeological knowledge or just the way you feel things out to work in nature? ‘Tanking’ rainfall as you put it sounds so easy. An over reliance on aquifers…again who would be so stupid?

Well, if you live in an area of predominantly chalk soils (much of the south) for example, you’ll find few rivers, as chalk is a very permeable surface…so aquifers are pretty much all you’ve got and work incredibly well most years. Building a reservoir on chalk is also not a simple task as, guess what, the water seeps into the ground! And the point of aquifers is that they recharge best with continued low rates of rainfall recharge (too much rain and the water won’t infiltrate into the ground or percolate through the ground as fast as it’s falling and so it runs off, often causing a degree of natural flooding – these are normal processes).

So depending on where you live, your water will be supplied by the most appropriate means and unless you want your water bill to go up ridiculously, you won’t be clamouring for desalination plants, enormous artificial reservoirs and the like, and I’d suggest we all accept an occasional hose-pipe ban when there isn’t enough rain for a prolonged period.

I agree that our bills should be reduced in line with the reduced costs (assuming there are some) of supplying less water during a hose-pipe ban, but as more houses get put on a meter, this will happen automatically anyway.

Hope this helps.

Phil, i don’t think the end user needs to be a hydrological expert to see the current ban is ludicrous and evidence of poor prior planning or bad management.

The geographical constraints you mention in the south should have been taken into consideration Phil – would it have been too hard to pipe water from one area of the country to the south and to have arrangements in place with different companies – no… but yes i expect given the way the industry is structured perhaps making this complicated and/or expensive ?? Again, poor management and bad planning and in my opinion the buck stops there.

Could i fill a bucket up and then run a pressure washer off the water in the bucket?

The pressure uses far less water than filling up 5 or 6 buckets of water to throw over a car to rinse the soap off!

If you grow your own vegetables on your own land for your own consumption can you use a hose pipe to water them? Seems a little unfair if not, especially as commercial growers are, I understand, currently exempt.

Ken, I agree with you. We also have a hosepipe ban but two miles away there isn’t one. So it can only be that a blanket ban is much easier to administer, whether it is required or not.

I am convinced that South East water are playing politics not practicalities. I am confident that once we all have water meters installed, the problem of water shortages will miraculously disappear. Unmetered water is the biggest cause of grief and hand-wringing to water companies and their shareholders.

As they are commercial companies, not government departments, it all comes down to moiney and politics, as usual. We are not customers, we are hostages.

I notice that whilst they are keen for us to save their water, they don’t mind us spending our money on their premium rate “hostage-services” telephone numbers. Another sign that money is their primary driver, not customers.

It may have been answered already but why is a hosepipe ban linked to the supplier and not the region? I am supplied water by Southern Water and less than a mile away my parents by Portsmouth Water. I have a hosepipe ban, they don’t. I just don’t believe the infrastructure is completely separate and I would place good money on the suppliers “overlapping” each other.

So that said why is it not the Adur region that has a hosepipe ban? Enforced by the Environments agency.

Unlike electricity suppliers I don’t have a choice who I get my water from, and can do nothing about them making profits instead of fixing ageing infrastructure…

Neighbour has been using his hosepipe throughout the ban & today it’s been running for 7 hrs. Can I report him as I think it’s a total waste and unfair on those of us abiding by the rules, thanks.

I used to wash my car with a pressure washer before the hosepipe ban and it took about 30 litres including the water in the wash bucket. Now it takes about 50-60 litres using buckets alone – primarily due to the inefficiency of rinsing the car by pouring water over it compared with rinsing with a high pressure low volume spray.

So I am complying with the law but clearly this is detrimental to the water supply. It’s a shame that a bit more thought wasn’t put into the restrictions/conditions in order to overcome such forced inefficiencies.

Am getting Fed up of rushing round the car to make sure my 3yr old twins don’t touch the bird poo that they’ve dive bombed all over my car, my daughters don’t understand and it’s only a question of time until they touch some and then put the hands in their mouths, so tomorrow my pressure washer is coming out and the bird poo will be going, I mean for God sake they can’t ban us from a pressure washer, I mean all our washing machines are plumbed in by hoses, so with that as long as it is a machine of some kind, then we should be sorted. Well I hope so anyway 🙂

I’ve seen your posts saying pressurewhashers are banned……… but I’m curious as to whether all Pressurewashers for non-comercial use are banned in a waterban?

Even those that can now be used with water from a water butt ie the new style Karchers that have been advertised on the television for the last few months???

Also where do people stand with being able start re-using their supply and not being prosecuted when their local waterboard lifts the ban, but their local council does not?

as a trades man i need to use a pressure washer to carry out my works which attaches to an outdoor tap does the ban effect me?

Hi, sorry if this or similar has already been asked.

Heres my sittuation I keep Marine fish and I have two water butts that I fill with water one being fresh water the other salt water though a Reverse Osmosis System.

There is no hose pipe involved but the pipping to the system is feed from a 5mm pipe from the mains supply
I have to have fresh water for top ups and salt water for water changes or I could risk losing my fish.

The waste water from the system isn’t going down the drain either thats going into a pond and keeping the water topup on that.

Is this ok to continue under the ban?

Cheers

Ian

What are the legal issues with business’s seeing as to maintain a level of service as a chauffeur and for hygiene and conforming to insurance regulations, i am required to near sterilise the inside of a horse box, where a pressure washer (proven to use less water then a hose pipe (1/5th of the water out of the same tap) ) to clean it efficiently.

So i saw the council leaving a sprinkler running ALL day and where not allowed to water our gardens, What the heck?

I am a cheese manufacturer and we use a hose pipe to wash the milk off the warehouse floor at the end of the day, is that ok? we are in hainault, ilford.

Hi, We are a buisness and have spent £300.00 on flowers for our Petrol Forecourt, as a business can we use a hose pipe to water them?

Im a commercial gardener, but I work on domestic property’s, I have recently installed lawns, overseeded areas, and installed beds, does this mean I can utilise the hoses on their gardens? As of I can’t I can lose revenue from having to refuse work, and incur compensation claims against me for loss of plants and lawns through lack of water, are south east water prepared to compensate me for my losses? I pay my rates.my customers pay their rates, yet pipes are always leaking and the costs are always going up, how am
I to pay when I’m losing money through the faults of my suppliers! You can blame mother nature all you like, but if the correct infrastructure was in place, we wouldn’t be where we all are now, please get back to me as my bank balance is looking scarier by the minute!!

Hi
Is it allowed for Horse Polo Clubs to water their pitches with “pumps” for hours on end (like the farmers use in their fields)? Why are they allowed to water grass pitches, is it because of the danger to polo horses breaking their legs? They were at it again this morning! If so, can I hose my dogs down? They are becoming a health hazard with the smell! Freda

Everyone in our area is still using hosepipes, within the South East region.
General opinion is we pay our bills, we don’t get a reduction during a ban.
As far as I am concern, until they actually write to their customers in person, which they have not don’t yet, I don’t formally know about it!.
Oh and thanks for fixing the leak last year, which left water running down the road, yes only took 3 weeks to even come and have a look. Oh and thanks for all the mud and stones that blocked up my taps when you did finally get round to it.
Off to water my flowers, happy days….

The builders on the building estate near West Ruislip station (London Borough of Hillingdon) are using a sprinkler on the lawn area outside the houses they’re finishing off. It’s just to prettify the area to sell the houses – but does it count as ‘commercial gardening’ and is it therefore exempt from the ban?
(I’ve no idea which water area they’re in!)

I also need a knee replacement and its a long way from the outside tap to the rest of garden, but nearer from a water buut……………..

Can l fill water butts up wiith hosepipe and water garden from butt with watering cans – l have a large garden ?

NOW THAT THE RAINFALL HAS BEEN MORE THAN ADEQUATE, WHEN CAN WE EXPECT THE HOSE PIPE BAN TO BE LIFTED.
WE NEED TO CLEAN OUR CARS AND PATIO AND WATERING OF NEW PLANTS IS ESSENTIAL.
HOPE THAT THE BAN IS LIFTED AT ITS EARLIEST

Hose, no need to answer… further reading explained but it still doesn’t say about private companies.. Does this mean the government has a hand in all these water companies by being able to pass an act in Parliment to make it law?

The original laws pre-date privatised water companies. Government now allows them to act on these (updated) laws within strict guidelines.

Hose, Please can you answer Joe’s question of Can you tell me what LAW people are breaking that is resulting in fines from a private corporation¦? for all to see and perhaps challenge.

Section 76 of the 1991 Water Industry Act.
The Water Use (Temporary Bans) Order 2010

This was Emma’s question. Joe answered it and I added to the answer as she seemed to find it unclear.

The links can be found above in our original answers.

Based on advice read in this site, I rang Thames Water to check whether I could use a hosepipe to clean out my chicken coops. They had previously said no. Yesterday they said yes and gave me a reference number to quote in case my nosy neighbours report me.

Thanks for helpful advice.

So you can fill up a pool with buckets but not a hose…. How the hell does that save water? I’d say it uses the same!

We just put down some grass seed in our garden which only started to grow a few weeks ago, we spent about a hundred pounds on seeds, it is going to die if we can’t water it, and it us too big area to use a can, can we use the hose pipe?

yo! my partys coming up soon and i wat to use a 10ft pool and want to fill it up in the morning on sunday 10th june, would it be okay?

I want to fill my pool up if I can’t use the hose what can I fill it up with and I saw the council washing there car with a hose.

People in hathern loughborough are using their pipes to fill up the paddle pools for the kids and posting the image on facebook.is this allowed?

“I asked for a LAW not an ACT…”

There’s no need to shout my dear. The following link explains the relationship between the two: http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/laws/acts/

But if you don’t want to read it all, I’ll quote the first line for you:
“An Act of Parliament creates a new law or changes an existing law”

I’m happy to help, as always.

Hi
I am greenkeeper at Potton Bowls Club Beds.
I want to sow some grass seed and have to keep it moist to make it grow.
Also I am having a County Bowls match being played on the green am I allowed to apply water before this match is played.