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Hosepipe Ban Restrictions and Rules

Written on 14/03/2012 at 10:49

Watering During A Hose Pipe Ban

We have put this simple table together to explain how you will be affected by the hosepipe ban if your area is restricted. We have also included the estimated water used during each activity to give an idea on why these activities have been banned.

The restrictions and rules detailed here only relate to domestic use, if you are a commercial outlet that sells plants then the rules differ and you should contact your local water authority to clarify that you can continue as normal. The guidelines on this page have been provided with the help of the local water authorities and Hozelock UK.


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Watering Restrictions during Hosepipe Ban

Hosepipe Ban WATERING Restrictions
Activity
How and where
Water Usage
Restriction
WATERING
Watering a domestic garden
with a hose pipe
126 ltrs in 10 mins

Banned
WATERING
Watering a domestic garden
using a hose pipe & spray gun
91 ltrs in 10 mins

Banned
WATERING
Watering a domestic garden
with a hose pipe & sprinkler
91 ltrs in 10 mins

Banned
WATERING
Watering a domestic garden
with an automatic watering system
7 ltrs in 10 mins

Read Conditions
WATERING
Watering a domestic garden
with a watering can
-
WATERING
Watering a domestic garden
using a water butt pump and hose pipe.
-

View Water Butt Pumps

As you can see the hosepipe ban does not stop you watering your plants but the way you water them has to be altered. The most common methods are to either use water butts with either a watering can or a water butt pump and hose or to set up a simple automatic watering system.

In order to use an automatic watering system you must be using a water timer, a pressure regulator and drippers. You can get basic kits that contain all of these components to get you started.


Cleaning and Pressure Washers during Hosepipe Ban


Hosepipe Ban CLEANING Restrictions
Activity
How and where
Water Usage
Restriction
CLEANING
Cleaning a domestic car or boat
with a hose pipe or pressure washer
91 ltrs in 10 mins

Banned
CLEANING
Cleaning walls or windows
using a hose pipe or pressure washer
91 ltrs in 10 mins

Banned
CLEANING
Cleaning paths and patios
using a pressure washer
91 ltrs in 10 mins

Banned
CLEANING
Cleaning for Health & Safety reasons
e.g. paths
91 ltrs in 10 mins

The use of pressure washers and hose to clean is banned unless it is for health and safety reasons. However you can get out your bucket and water.


Maintenance during Hosepipe Ban, including filling Ponds

Hosepipe Ban CLEANING Restrictions
Activity
How and where
Water Usage
Restriction
POND MAINTENANCE
Filling a domestic pond or ornamental fountain
using a hose pipe
91 ltrs in 10 mins

Banned
POND MAINTENANCE
Filling a domestic pond containing fish
using a hose pipe.
91 ltrs in 10 mins
POOL MAINTENANCE
Filling a swimming pool
or paddling pool
91 ltrs in 10 mins

Banned

The rules for commercial or trade use differ, so please only use the information on this page for domestic guidelines. If you have any additional queries then it is best to contact your local water authority.

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