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Hosepipe ban introduced

A hosepipe ban has been introduced for the first time in six years across the region. It's being imposed because of a lack of rain.

Water levels low

The hosepipe ban starts on April 5th. Watch this video taken deep inside an aquifer & see just how low water levels have become.

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Your views on hosepipe ban

You've been contacting us with your thoughts on the hosepipe ban.

Mark Ayrton from Portsmouth tells us: "I won't be trying to save anything. They're not going to cut my water bill, so if I pay for it - I'll use it."

Marc Holloway from Southampton says: "We have no leaks in our house, but pay through the roof for our water. We should be charging the water companies for their loss."

Kerry Coomber from Carterton adds: "We will be sharing baths - but I will make sure that I get to go first"

And, Sandra Penny from Gosport says: "We never waste water. We save it for the garden. Our fruit and veg comes first."


Water companies ban hosepipes

4 water companies in the South will ban the use of hosepipes, as the region struggles to cope with a prolonged drought. Southern Water, Thames Water, South East Water and Veolia South East will fine customers £1000 if they are caught;

  • watering a ‘garden’ using a hosepipe;
  • cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a hosepipe;
  • watering plants 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.


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