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The hosepipe ban starts today.

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 5, 2012 at 3:30 AM

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.


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Reply Robin Teel
7:00 AM on April 5, 2012 
So Anne, are you in favour of the ban?
Will you be complying?
Reply Nick
6:51 AM on April 6, 2012 
Viv Groskop has written an amusing response to the ban in The Evening Standard.
Its nothing short of an attack on the bonds of community!

"Grassing up hosepipe users is so unneighbourly"
Read it here:
Reply Phil
11:38 AM on April 6, 2012 
The QWAG group who maintain the local rivers are fully backing the ban.
Reply Lewisham Gardens
12:11 PM on April 6, 2012 
Hey Rob!
Its not that Im happy about the ban, I just wish people would realise that lawns arent the totality of a successful garden.

Wasting hundreds of litres on a scruffy unkempt patches of moss is kind of pointless. Hopefully this ban will encourage people to try more environmentally conscious landscaping. Rock, gravel, drought tolerant and native plants, they are all readily available.
Reply Nerine
9:16 AM on April 8, 2012 
THe ban is going to make gardening a lot harder here.
Reply Chrissie
1:53 AM on April 24, 2012 
Well now, it has rained almost every day since the ban!
The 'Today' radio news programme have just reported that it is forecast to rain every single day for a month, well into May!

Surely its time to ditch the ban?