Following on from a recent blog about saving water its been announced that a hose pipe ban from united utilities will come into force in north west England on 5th August. As well as the ongoing ban In Northern Ireland.
The main restrictions include:
- Watering a garden and/or plants using a hosepipe
- Cleaning a private car, van, motorbike, trailer, caravan or leisure boat using a hosepipe
- Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming pool, paddling pool or ornamental fountain
- Cleaning walls or windows using a hosepipe
- Using a water from a hosepipe for domestic recreational use
- Cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe
- Cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe.
You can still use water outdoors if you:
- You are a blue badge holder or are on our priority services register
- Use tap water to fill a bucket or watering can
- Use grey water, which is water that’s been used before ie bath water
- Have your own water supply such as a private borehole.
Quoted from – https://www.unitedutilities.com/emergencies/hosepipe-ban-on-the-way2/ (United Utilities website)
This ban will obviously prohibit the use of hose pipes as they can use 40 litres an hour, approximately what a family of four would use in a day. Also included will be sprinklers as they are usually fed by hoses. As temperatures increase using the hose for gardening, car washing, and paddling pool filling will be off the cards.
Watering cans will be an easy swap for the garden; it might take a bit longer but will significantly reduce water use. If you have a garden water butt even better; let’s hope it can see you all the way through the hose pipe ban. Also make sure you water the plants in the evening as the sun has set to reduce water lost by evaporation. Let those lovely plants get all the water they need.
Cars can stay dirty or be cleaned with a bucket and sponge. Maybe get the kids to give it a go?? An activity to keep them busy over the summer maybe a pocket money earner? Again, a bit more time consuming but definitely a sense of satisfaction after its done.
Paddling pools for the kids/grandkids/nephews and nieces a great day for kids at home; advice is to half fill them. I’m not even sure the kids would notice the pool level! Yes, it’s a big use of water but you can use the water (if there is any left) to water plants, wash the kids, wash the car, maybe even pre-soak clothes.
Other advice –
Take short showers – not baths
Turn off tap while teeth brushing
All small things that can help us save water and help decrease water usage.