Hose bans have been announced for UK fringes this month, and people who break the rules could face a fine of up to £1,000. Under the ban, people will not be able to use their garden hoses to fill wading pools or wash cars, nor will they be able to use sprinklers to water lawns and plants. Here are the hose bans that have been announced for August so far.
Starting August 12, millions of people in Kent and Sussex will be affected by a hosepipe ban enacted to ensure there is enough water for essential purposes.
In a statement on its website, South East Water said: “This has been a time of extreme weather conditions across the UK.
“Official figures show that this is the driest July on record since 1935 and the period between November 2021 and July 2022 has been the driest eight-month period since 1976.
“During July in the Southeast, we’ve only seen 8 percent of the average precipitation for the month, and the long-term forecast for August and September is for similar weather.
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“Water demand this summer has broken all previous records, including the Covid lockdown heat wave. We have been producing an additional 120 million liters of water a day to supply our customers, which is equivalent to supplying others. four towns the size of Maidstone or Eastbourne, every day.
South East Water said it needed to take the step to protect “already stressed local water sources.”
It added: “We were left with no choice but to restrict the use of hoses and sprinklers from 00:01 on Friday 12th August, within our Kent and Sussex supply area until further notice.
“We are taking this step to ensure we have enough water for both essential use and to protect the environment. This will also allow us to reduce the amount of water we need to take from local water sources that are already under pressure.”
No date has yet been given as to when the ban will be lifted.
Dr. Alison Hoyle, Southern Water’s chief risk and compliance officer, said: “We have not made this decision lightly and we know that the temporary use ban will impact our customers.
“We are working with the Environment Agency to ensure that we act responsibly to protect our environment.
“We are asking everyone in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to do their part in supporting these measures and only use the water they need.”
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