Hosepipe ban in the next few days

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Hosepipe ban in the next few days

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2 hot days and we're in a draught! Nothing to do with the population rising uncontrollably and no new reservoirs in the last 70 years!

Have to run the hose through the house to water change instead of our the back to save being grassed up!

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I think hosepipe bans only apply to houses without water meters, even then there was always an exception for ponds as you weren't expected to kill fish in the name of saving water.

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Livestock and aquatics are exempt under hose pipe ban rules.

Think yourself lucky, we had no water for four days here and some places like Loose in Maidstone are still without water.
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We've been on and off with water for a week or so. I've not done a water change for 2 weeks, as the water isn't perfect yet.

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I'm going to do a water change shortly.

I understand that a hosepipe ban will likely happen especially in the south-east where there has been hardly any rain for the past month.

I visited the Elan Valley (Wales) just a few weeks ago and the water levels were frighteningly low, and I mean low. I have never seen the water in the Elan valley so low.
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Hosepipe ban now announced for Southern water, the BBC says this but I wouldn't take it at face value.
BBC wrote:Using hosepipes to water gardens, clean cars, fill ornamental ponds and swimming pools will not be allowed.
Water problems are fairly common here in Sussex but usually down to broken pipes and I have found water butts are useful for more than just watering plants.

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LookoutTrout wrote: Fri Jul 29, 2022 11:53 am Hosepipe ban now announced for Southern water, the BBC says this but I wouldn't take it at face value.
BBC wrote:Using hosepipes to water gardens, clean cars, fill ornamental ponds and swimming pools will not be allowed.
Water problems are fairly common here in Sussex but usually down to broken pipes and I have found water butts are useful for more than just watering plants.
All water companies have to adhere to certain conditions laid out by the government. The government requires that under a hosepipe ban the welfare of animals must be protected.

A few examples of what is acceptable under hosepipe ban water usage restrictions:

Topping up/changing water in ponds (indoor and outdoor) that contain fish kept in captivity or other species such as frogs, newts etc.

Cleaning of animals and their living quarters.

Filling drinking troughs for animals.

Interesting to note that Southern Water lost 98.5m litres of water per day to leaks last year. :dodgy2:
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And we have to pay for it 😂

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Boo, I'd better fill up my water butts this weekend.
Kent and Sussex hosepipe ban announced from August 12
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-62404637

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I had a dig through the extensive FAQs and there was no mention of livestock at all, then I found this buried somewhere.
Using a hosepipe where the welfare and/or health and safety of animals including fish is paramount will not be restricted.
The only restriction seems to be on mains water through a hose outside.
So I can use my hosepipe indoors and I can use a hosepipe to drain my tank to the water butt outside.

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