A Simplified Guide To The 2012 Hosepipe Ban In England.

2nd Apr 2012

The highly publicised (and confusing) hosepipe ban is due to take place in Eastern and Southern England starting on 5th April 2012, due to exceptionally low levels of rainfall.

Due to the poor communication from water companies, many people are confused as to whether they will be affected or not, and what the ban prevents them from using their hosepipe for.

Are You Even Affected?

The main East Anglia areas affected from 5th April until further notice include:

  • King’s Lynn
  • Norwich
  • Ipswich
  • Colchester
  • Corby
  • Cambridge
  • Milton Keynes
  • Dunstable

The main South East areas affected until further notice include:

  • Kent
  • Wiltshire
  • London
  • Sussex
  • Hampshire
  • Berkshire
  • Thames Valley
  • Gloucestershire
  • Essex
  • Hertfordshire
  • Buckinghamshire

What You Can and Can’t Do

The ban still ALLOWS you to use your hosepipe for the following:

  • Cleaning walls, paths, patios or windows of domestic premises for health and safety reasons.
  • For business use when cleaning a motor vehicle and walls, paths and patios.
  • Watering a garden attached to a domestic dwelling or to water plants or for watering pants on domestic premises by people with sever mobility problems or who hold a current Blue Badge issued by their local authority.
  • Watering an area of grass or artificial outdoor surface used for playing sport.
  • Using a drip or trickle irrigation watering system with a pressure reducing valve, that are not handheld.

The ban STOPS you from legally using your hosepipe for the following:

  • Watering your garden using a hosepipe.
  • Cleaning a private motor-vehicle.
  • Watering plants on domestic/other non-commercial premises.
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming pool/paddling pool, except by using a hand held container filled from a tap.
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic pond, except where fish/other aquatic animals are being kept in captivity.
  • Filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain, except wen used as a fish pond.

Best Methods to Ensure That Your Lawn Copes During the Ban

You should avoid both normal and drastic procedures that could effect your lawn’s moisture levels. Consider the following to ensure that your lawn survives:

  • Don’t mow your lawn as often and as short as usual.
  • If your lawn mower has a collection box for cuttings, remove it mow the lawn very lightly. The cuttings left on the lawn can actually help growth.
  • Don’t have your lawn re-turfed during drought conditions, as the results will prove to be very poor.
How Lawn Master Can Help During Hosepipe Bans

We always use products that are suitable for the current weather conditions that your lawns are experiencing.

For example, we use fertilisers designed for stress control so that your lawn holds onto moisture for longer, like morning dew and light rainfall.

We also provide wetting agent applications which are designed for increased stress resistance to maintain photosynthesis levels and root development.

If you would like to ensure that your lawn survives during the hosepipe ban, please ask your local Lawn Master representative about our wetting agents.

Seven Water Companies Participating in Hosepipe Ban

For information about your local water companies’ restrictions, see the relevant website below:

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