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Is There a Hosepipe Ban?

What is a hosepipe ban?


Water companies have the power to impose restrictions on how households can use water in times of "serious shortage".

Temporary bans can make it illegal for householders to water gardens or wash the car with a hosepipe.

They can also ban people from filling swimming pools, ponds and fountains from the mains supply, and cleaning windows, paths and decking with a hose.

Gardeners can still water the plants with a watering can.

Utility firms are given the powers under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, which extended previous laws.

They can limit any or all of the activities, all the time or at set times of the day, for as long as they think necessary.

Anyone found guilty of breaking a ban can be prosecuted in a criminal court and fined up to £1,000.

Water companies are meant to cut the following year's bills by a "reasonable" amount to compensate for the limited supply during any ban.


Is there currently a ban in the UK?

Not at this moment in time

 

 

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