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Affected by the hosepipe ban?

Each one of us uses 150 litres of water a day, whether it's washing our hands, brushing our teeth, or flushing the toilet.

But we are officially in a drought - so that means we need to be much more careful with the water we use. That is why 7 water companies across the country - including 4 in our region - have imposed a hosepipe ban.

Anyone found to be in breach of the ban could face a fine of up to £1000. The ban is expected to be in place throughout the summer.

The ban includes;

  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. Cleaning walls, or windows, of domestic premises using a hosepipe

  10. Cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe

  11. Cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe.

The region is running out of water because the past two winters have been the driest since the 1920s. If the drought continues there is a chance that house holders maybe asked to not use dish washers or washing machines, which account for a 50% increase in the regions water use over the past 25 years.

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