|Posted by Nick on April 4, 2012 at 8:00 PM|
Its official now- no more hosepipes! Dont you dare flout the law!
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.
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.”