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Hosepipe ban imposed on Hampshire and Isle of Wight after heatwave

Written by on 29 July 2022

A hosepipe ban will be imposed from next Friday by Southern Water in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Under the move, hosepipes cannot be used to water gardens and clean cars, and ornamental ponds and swimming pools must not be filled.

The restriction is the first to be put in place in the region since 2012.

A map showing the areas affected by the Southern Water hosepipe ban due to come into force on 5 August

The company stressed there was no risk to water supply but the ban was needed to protect the environment during “one of the driest years on record for over a century” and record temperatures.

“We haven’t taken this decision lightly and we know the temporary use ban will have an impact on our customers,” said Dr Alison Hoyle, director of risk and compliance at Southern Water.

“We’re asking everyone in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to do their bit by supporting these measures and only use the water that they need.”

The temporary use ban includes:

• Watering a garden using a hosepipe
• Cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a hosepipe
• Watering plants on domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe
• Cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe
• Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool
• Drawing water, using a hosepipe, for domestic recreational use
• Filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe
• Filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain
• Cleaning walls, or windows, of domestic premises using a hosepipe
• Cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe
• Cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe

River flows are 25% lower than they should be for July, which is equivalent to losing more than 25 million bathtubs of water, the company said.

“We’re asking our customers to help protect our rivers and the habitats that live there by cutting back their water use,” added Dr Hoyle.

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It is the latest ban to be announced, with restrictions due to come into force at midnight on Friday on the Isle of Man.

Manx Utilities said the measure was being brought in following an extremely dry period and an increase in usage over recent weeks, despite a campaign to encourage residents to “use water wisely”.

Spring is said to have been unusually dry while rainfall in June was 28.9mm compared with an average of 62.9mm for the time of the year.

This meant water stocks were slightly below average at the start of summer, said the company.

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