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Water restrictions (Hosepipe ban)

Water restrictions are now in place across our region.

Temporary Use Ban (Hosepipe ban)

On 5 April a Temporary Use Ban (hosepipe ban) came into force until further notice. As a result the potable* water supplied by Thames Water must not be used for the following purposes:

  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 (except when using hand held containers filled directly from a tap);
  6. drawing water, using a hosepipe, for domestic recreational use;
  7. filling or maintaining a domestic pond (excluding fish ponds) 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.

*Water treated to drinkable standards

It is an offence to contravene this prohibition. The maximum penalty for each offence is £1,000.

Definition of a garden

A 'garden' includes all of the following: a park; gardens open to the public; a lawn; a grass verge; an area of grass used for sport or recreation; an allotment garden, as defined in section 22 of the Allotments Act 1922; any area of an allotment used for non-commercial purposes; and any other green space.

For more information about the Temporary Use Ban legislation and how it will affect you, visit the legislation.gov website below:

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