Mar 31 2012

Hosepipe Bans from April 5, 2012 in Harrow

Veolia Water, who supply water to the Harrow area, amongst others (and you can check if you’re in their area by entering your postcode on this page) are implementing a hosepipe ban from April 5, 2012. This is a temporary ban, which currently runs for the next three months, in response to the drought and should enable them to safeguard water supplies throughout the rest of the year.

A hosepipe can use 1000 litres of water (about 220 gallons) in an hour, and restricting use is one of the most effective methods that water companies have at their disposal.

According to Veolia, the restrictions are:

  1. watering a “garden” using a hosepipe;
  2. cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a hosepipe;
  3. watering plants on domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe
  4. cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe;
  5. filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool;
  6. drawing water, using a hosepipe, for domestic recreational use;
  7. filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe;
  8. filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain;
  9. leaning walls, or windows, of domestic premises using a hosepipe;
  10. cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe; and
  11. cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe.

There are some exceptions which are explained here, which seem to permit hosepipes to be used in certain circumstances (particularly for disabled, or frail persons, or for watering potted plants, although not plants in the garden).

As far as we can tell, people who ignore this ban risk being fined up to £1000 (and, we wonder, perhaps having their hosepipe confiscated?) However, that said, we haven’t been able to find anyone who has been prosecuted, which would imply that water companies seem to prefer a softly-softly approach, rather than all-out prosecution.

With 68% of people questioned promising to stick to the rules of the hosepipe ban, and only 36% of people prepared to grass up their neighbour, this could turn out to be an interesting summer.

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