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Temporary Use Ban (Hosepipe) starts 5th April 2012

posted 14 Mar 2012, 13:51 by Maria Larkin

There has been alot of talk in the news llately about the drought in the South East and it seems the impending hosepipe ban will come into effect on Thursday 5th April.  Please see the following information from Veolia Water:

"I last wrote to you on 20 February following the drought summit where the Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman announced that the South East of England is officially in a drought situation.

Rainfall continues to be scarce, with our region only having 60% of normal rainfall this year and only 65% last year.  With enduring soil dryness throughout the winter this has translated to only 20% of normal groundwater recharge and this means we are seeing drought conditions similar to the previously worst drought seen in 1976.

We have been monitoring our position closely and working with the Environment Agency, DEFRA and neighbouring Water companies to review the situation and agree the most appropriate course of action.

With the drought showing no signs of improving, we have decided that we must act now to conserve supplies and reduce the impact on our environment.

Therefore from 5th April 2012, along with six neighbouring water companies, restrictions on domestic water-use will be restricted.

This Temporary Use Ban replaces the previous hosepipe ban legislation, which dates back to1945 and has a much wider scope of restrictions that can be controlled by water companies.

The restrictions in the Veolia Water area will cover the following:

  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;
  10. cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe; and
  11. cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe.

We have an exceptions policy, which can be viewed here.

We are doing everything we can to conserve our supplies. In 2011 we invested £30m in leakage enabling us to be more effective in repairing leaks and managing our network.

We also work closely with the Environment Agency and local River Associations to monitor and alleviate the effects of water abstraction.

We are also investing £140 million over the next five years to renew 640 kilometres of water pipes in areas where leaks and bursts are at their highest and since 2005, have invested £165m on renewing and replacement work.

We have created a dedicated webpage www.veoliawater.co.uk/drought. This site contains everything our customers need to know about the temporary use ban.

We will keep you updated on the situation with regular communications. In the meantime, if you would like any further information please contact the communications team oncommunications@veoliawater.co.uk

Mike Pocock

Water Resources Manager

Veolia Water Central"


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