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Gardeners threaten to defy hosepipe ban

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.

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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.”

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Reply Robin Teel
7:03 AM on April 5, 2012 
Im careful with water anyway, not just showers instead of baths, but water butts and special shower heads.

But to be honest Im fuming about this. The Thames Water execs take their huge salaries, pay their dividends and sleep soundly when billions of litres of clean potable water are lost to leas every year.
Meanwhile they slap bans on regular people. Whose bills they put up 10 % just 2 years ago when they were having record profits.
Reply Lewisham Gardens
12:22 PM on April 6, 2012 
I can see why you'd be annoyed by this wasteful company putting restrictions on home users, just a year or two after putting up prices.
But this is probably the future- we cant continue wasting natural resources for ever. We're probably going to be the last generation that does.
I can only imagine bans are going to hasten people gardening more responsibly.