The Hosepipe Ban

We are in the midst of the longest heatwave since 1976. The repercussions of this, you ask? From the 5th of August parts of the UK will be affected by the hosepipe ban. But what exactly does this mean and what happens if you don’t comply?

First off, let’s look at what the hosepipe ban actually is. United Utilities is implementing a Temporary Use Ban or TUB, which basically means that homes will not be allowed to use hosepipes or garden sprinklers.

What if I don’t comply? If you are caught in transgression of the TUB, you could face a hefty fine. If you are found guilty you may have to pay up to £1,000 for the offence.

Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire are the areas proposed by United Utilities for the hosepipe ban, while Northern Ireland (NI) Water has its hosepipe ban in place across Norther Ireland over the period of the heatwave.

The South is not yet under threat of a hosepipe ban, but have been asked to reduce water usage where possible.

There are exceptions to the ban, layed out by United Utilities. You can contact the water company in order to be granted permission to use more water for watering plants for commercial use or filling pools for animals. This can be done online or over the phone before 5pm on August 4th.

The Water Delivery Company has taken every measure to ensure that our supply chain is not affected. We will continue to supply you without disruption throughout the heatwave and the hosepipe ban.

If you have any queries with regards to the ban or how we can help, please do not hesitate to call us on 0330 123 3309 or email us at One of our specialists will gladly assist you.

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