Can you sue your neighbors for watering their garden during the hose ban? That’s how the rules work

A garden full of wilted flowers with a dry, parched lawn is a depressing thought for many, but this could be the reality for millions in the coming weeks as the hose ban takes effect.

South East Water announced it will ban the use of hoses and sprinklers in Kent and East Sussex next week, following the driest July on record.

This will be worrying news for gardeners who will be concerned about heat-affected lawns and wilting plants in the weeks after Monday, August 12, when the ban will be implemented until further notice.

Many are understandably tempted to make a midnight trip to the garden to secretly give their beloved blooms a little moisture in an attempt to keep their blooms luscious and alive.

Still others will be wary of using water and instead be on the lookout for naughty neighbors who break the rules.

So what would you do if you saw your next door neighbor cunningly trying to water his roses in the middle of the night? Can you take them to the authorities, make a citizen’s arrest, or just let them carry on?

Likewise, what if you decided your lawn needs a secret spray to bring it back to life?

Yo Take a look at whether you can report your neighbors, what you can expect if you break the ban, and the consequences of watering your plants.

What is the hose ban?

South East Water is restricting the use of hoses and sprinklers from August 12 in both Kent and Sussex, saying it “had no choice” after water demand hit a record high in July.

It means households in these areas won’t be able to use hoses to water their gardens, wash cars, patios and boats, and fill swimming pools and kiddie pools.

The ban will be in effect until further notice, which means people currently don’t know how long it will be before they can water their garden again.

Some companies may allow exceptions to a ban or restriction, for example if you are elderly or disabled, but South East Water has not announced any so far.

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What can you do if you see your neighbors using their hose during the ban?

First of all, if you see your neighbor breaking the ban, try talking to him and explain why conserving water is vital.

There is always the possibility, however unlikely, that they have not seen the news and therefore do not know about the ban.

If that doesn’t work or you get a hostile response, you can tell your local authorities or your water supplier. They are likely to contact the household directly and ask them to stop using water during the ban.

Ultimately, if people are found to be breaking the rules, could be fined £1,000 or even be prosecuted by the criminal courts.

However, as annoying as it may be to think that your neighbor is not following the same rules as everyone else, we are in a cost of living crisis and losing £1,000 at any time, but especially now, is going to be a huge financial problem. blow.

And if you decide to water your plants?

The same rules apply to you as everyone else. If you decide to use your hose, your neighbors could report you and you could be fined heavily.

How much water should or can you use for gardens and car washing?

Unfortunately, you can’t use any outdoor water supply in a ban in your garden or to wash your car.

However, you can use water from inside, so filling a bucket and taking it outside is probably the best option.

Using a bucket to wash the car and a watering can in the garden will naturally use much less water than a hose, which can use more water in an hour than the average family would use in a day.

There are ways to keep your garden alive even if there is a ban on hoses (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Tips to take care of your garden and your plants

YoWith the help of the gardening experts at Rated People, they’ve provided advice on how households can take care of the garden, even with a ban on hoses.

  1. Use a watering can to water plants – you can control the flow of water more easily than with a hose and it’s still legal during a hose ban.
  2. Water when the outside temperature is at its coolest: Water in the early morning or evening when the outside temperature is at its lowest. Less water will evaporate, which means less water will be wasted.
  3. Use greywater: Greywater is domestic wastewater such as water from your shower, sink, or leftover boiling water. Pick this up to use in your garden. The water you’ve used to boil vegetables can contain minerals, so it can be great for your plants; just remember to let it cool down first to avoid damaging them.
  4. Consider getting a drip or drip irrigation system – these systems are exempt from hose bans because they are really efficient in how they distribute water. They must be equipped with a pressure reducing valve and timer and cannot be portable. The timer controls how long your system is on and automatically turns it off, and the pressure drop setting prevents spikes in water pressure that can cause flooding. Make sure your system releases water dropwise on or below your floor, so you don’t see water running off the surface or traveling through the air as a spray or mist.
  5. Conserve moisture that’s already in the soil: Lay bark chips on top of the soil to help reduce water evaporation. Doing this can also make your drip irrigation system more efficient. One way to get around the hose ban is to install a water reservoir in your garden. This will collect leftover water from showering and sink use in the home and can be used to water your lawn and garden. You can also fill watering cans inside your house to take outside to water the garden.

A spokesperson for the Consumer Council for Water added: “Don’t worry if your lawn has turned brown during hot weather. The grass is tough and will bounce back nicely as soon as we finally see some rain. So don’t waste time, don’t waste water, and don’t waste money watering your lawn.”

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