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We're Probably Not In A Drought Any More!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on June 7, 2012 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (3)

Thames Water has said it could lift its hosepipe ban sooner than expected after wet weather cut the risk of drought. The company, which serves 8.8 million customers in London and the Thames Valley area, said it no longer expected to keep the ban through to the autumn.


Seven water firms across southern and eastern England brought in restrictions in April after two dry winters. But the bans were inevitably followed by record rainfall across the UK in April and more in May. The latest drought briefing from the Environment Agency said the wet weather had significantly reduced the risk of drought and widespread water restrictions this summer. River levels and reservoir stocks have improved significantly and further water restrictions for the public and businesses are unlikely.


In addition, groundwater levels are still well below normal in some areas and are unlikely to improve before the winter. Some areas need as much as 140% of long-term average rainfall this winter to fully recover. Companies which take most of their water from underground are likely to have to keep bans in place for longer as groundwater levels remain low. South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Veolia Water Central and Veolia Water Southeast have confirmed their hosepipe bans remain in place.

From the BBC.


The hosepipe ban starts today.

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 5, 2012 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (6)

A parched, brown lawn- wehad better get used to seeing them


Time to pack the hose away in the shed.

Hosepipe bans affecting about 20 million customers have been introduced today by seven water utility across southern and eastern  England. 
Despite Nick's article from the Telegraph, people who flout the ban could face fines of up to £1,000. The bans  have been imposed after one of  the driest two year periods on record. 

Thames Water introduced its tempory ban from midnight last night, we as consumers are being asked to be 'smarter' about how we use water. Owned by the Australian bank Macquarie, Thames Water met its Ofwat leakage targets last year, but it still has the worst record on water leaks nationwide. 

Terms of the ban.

Thames Water Utilities Limited gives notice to all of its customers, that the water it supplies throughout its entire area 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;

 

6. Drawing water, using a hosepipe, for domestic recreational use;

 

7. Filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe;

 

8. Filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain;

 

9. Cleaning walls, or windows, of domestic premises using a hosepipe.


 

Gardeners threaten to defy hosepipe ban

Posted by Nick on April 4, 2012 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (2)

Its official now- no more hosepipes! Dont you dare flout the law! 

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By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - The Telegraph

Gardeners have threatened to flout the hosepipe ban after water companies admitted they were not employing any inspectors to “snoop” and do not expect to fine people.

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Officially, more than 20 million households are covered by the hosepipe bans brought in by water companies in the South and East last night.


The bans are the strictest ever imposed and outlaw filling ponds and fountains as well as washing cars or watering the lawn. Also parks, allotments and recreation grounds are included for the first time.


Richard Benyon, the environment minister, admitted that the Government was not expecting people to be prosecuted. He said the ban was more about generating publicity over the need to save water after two dry winters in a row and lower river levels than 1976.

“It is more about informing people about the consequences of their behaviour,” he said. “There will be sanctions but we hope people will be sensible.”

Read more here.