Thames Water hosepipe ban starts Wednesday 24 August

Image above: Library photograph of a hospipe in use

The hosepipe ban in the Thames Water area starts tomorrow. Thames Water say they have more teams reducing leakage than ever before, ‘working 24/7 to find and fix more than 1,100 leaks every week’ but after the driest July on record, the ban is necessary.

We have had below average rainfall in ten of the last 12 months and water levels in our rivers and reservoirs are much lower than usual. The recent heatwaves have meant that demand for water is also at record levels.

‘With low rainfall forecast for the coming months, we now need to take the next step in our drought plan’ say Thames Water. ‘Everything we do now will help protect supplies next summer and help the environment.’

The ban is legally enforceable, so using a hospipe for the list of chores they itemise is prohibited, but in their statement they ask ‘please’ don’t use your hose for:

  • Watering your garden, allotment or plants
  • Filling or maintaining your paddling pool, swimming pool or hot tub
  • Cleaning your vehicles
  • Cleaning windows, walls, paths, patios and other artificial outdoor surfaces like artificial grass
  • Recreational use like water fights and water slides

The ban applies to hosepipes, and anything attached to them, like sprinklers and jet washers.

Using mains water from a watering can or bucket instead of a hose is permitted – but, they say:

‘Please make every drop count and help protect the environment and our precious supplies by only using water where you really need to.’

The Temporary Use Ban does not apply to businesses, but Thames Water is asking businesses across its area to be mindful of the drought and to use water wisely, for example, by not washing commercial vehicles or turning off water features on their properties.

Sarah Bentley, Thames Water CEO said:

“Implementing a Temporary Use Ban for our customers has been a very difficult decision to make and one which we have not taken lightly. After months of below average rainfall and the recent extreme temperatures in July and August, water resources in our region are depleted.

“Despite investing in the largest leakage reduction programme in the UK, customer demand is at unprecedented levels and we now have to move into the next phase of our drought plan to conserve water, mitigate further risk and futureproof supplies.”

Sarah who joined the company towards the end of 2020, launched an eight-year Turnaround plan in May 2021 ‘to begin reversing years of under-performance.
‘The plan has three pillars: fix the basics, raise the bar and shape the future.’

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