INDEFINITE BAN ON USING HOSEPIPES IN FORCE ACROSS THE ISLE OF WIGHT FROM TODAY

Crop 6108 Hantsiow Tubs Wrz MapA fine of up to £1,000 is to be enforced on anyone who uses their hosepipe during the indefinite ban that begins on the Isle of Wight today (Friday).

Last week, Southern Water confirmed that on the Isle of Wight and in Hampshire a ban would be put in place for the foreseeable future, in a bid to limit excessive water usage in the region and to reduce the demand on the River Test and River Itchen in Southampton.

As of today (5th August 2022), Isle of Wight households are prevented from doing the following:

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  • Watering the garden or plants using a hosepipe
  • Cleaning a private motor vehicle or 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, windows, paths, patios or artificial outdoor surfaces at domestic premises using a hosepipe

Anyone caught using a hosepipe during this period is liable for prosecution through the criminal courts under Section 36 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. TUB restrictions will remain in place until the region has had enough rain and the river flows are back to a normal level – anticipated to be at least 21 days, although there is still no rain in sight on the weather forecast.

There are, however, some exemptions to the ruling, including if you are a blue badge holder. The exceptions typically permit commercial activity such as watering plants for sale or running a car wash.

Grass, lawns and plants can still be watered if done so with a watering can or container, whilst paddling pools can be filled using the same method.

You can also use a hosepipe if you’re using an approved drip or trickle irrigation system fitted with a pressure-reducing valve (PRV) and timer.

If you have recently laid a new lawn you can apply to Southern Water to water the new turf for a period of 28 days.

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Letting you know
Letting you know
5 days ago

Perhaps if the water company’s fixed all the leaking pipes that loose billions of gallons of water, we wouldn’t have a watering ban…

Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett
Reply to  Letting you know
4 days ago

Billions??? needs quantifying

Last edited 4 days ago by Alan Bennett
Steve
Steve
Reply to  Alan Bennett
4 days ago

If you Google it it’s about quarter of a billion litres a day across the U.K. (or 7% wastage)

Wotawally
Wotawally
Reply to  Letting you know
4 days ago

Fixing leaking pipes means investment. Investment means less profits. Why on earth should a company that charges us to use our water invest their profits?

Mark
Mark
5 days ago

It’s reviewed every 21 days, so it’s not indefinite

john
john
Reply to  Mark
5 days ago

actually it is as they have not stated a time period

Mark
Mark
Reply to  john
5 days ago

My letter states it will be reviewed every 21 days

Bob
Bob
5 days ago

How do islands such as Tenerife and Gibraltar cope?

Letting you know
Letting you know
Reply to  Bob
5 days ago

Probably use desemination plants, filtering sea water…I think North African nations do…

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Letting you know
5 days ago

Think you mean desalination plants just to let you know

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Bob
5 days ago

Gibraltar is not an island

Letting you know
Letting you know
Reply to  Bob
5 days ago

Just looked up how hot country’s cope with dry environments, it’s called “Thermal Distillation” that boiling water takes out the salt from sea water….probably an expensive solution…

Jimmy Barton
Jimmy Barton
5 days ago

With hundreds of thousands of newcomers to the UK all drawing and using water and energy, it is no small wonder that supplies are under increased pressure now.

JIK
JIK
5 days ago

How will they know if you use your hosepipe are they assuming that neighbours will dob you in ??

Letting you know
Letting you know
Reply to  JIK
5 days ago

Most will! Especially if your neighbours don’t like you…..however, if any of my neighbours don’t like me, that will be funny, because I’m allowed to wash my taxi because its classed has a comersial vehicle…

Dusty Willy
Dusty Willy
Reply to  Letting you know
4 days ago

Taxi driver who can’t spell. Yeah the average IQ of someone like that adds up

June
June
Reply to  Letting you know
4 days ago

You really only need to ensure windows are clean along with headlights, rear lights and number plates – but wait the car will only get dirty if there are massive puddles of water!

Old school.
Old school.
Reply to  JIK
5 days ago

Ah, the return of the Stasi.

Respect
Respect
Reply to  JIK
4 days ago

I just said this?

Old school.
Old school.
5 days ago

Putting a hosepipe ban in place is akin to a rain dance.
Give it a week and we’ll be drowning, and then that round of moaning and doom mongering will begin.

Lol
Lol
5 days ago

This is not a very difficult rule to follow to be honest. Seriously not the end of the world with this ban. If anyone has an issue with it or can’t follow this simple rule has massive priority problems. Lol

Respect
Respect
Reply to  Lol
4 days ago

A lot of people do grow their own now and are either partly or totally self sufficient so this can be quite a headache for many

Lol
Lol
Reply to  Respect
4 days ago

Oh well, learn to adapt like the rest of us. Lol

:( joe
:( joe
5 days ago

Fines for using water taking the piss now

Paul
Paul
5 days ago

I fail to see why being a blue badge holder should exempt anyone from a hosepipe ban. Ideas anyone?

Sharon
Sharon
Reply to  Paul
5 days ago

Most probably because carrying watering cans will be difficult.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Sharon
4 days ago

But getting a big garden hose reel out would be easy?

Old school.
Old school.
Reply to  Paul
5 days ago

The ‘British’ car wash is thanking its lucky stars eh.

Respect
Respect
Reply to  Paul
4 days ago

I was just saying this too, there are more disabled people with limited mobility than blue badge holders who can drive a car?

Bobs biggest fan
Bobs biggest fan
5 days ago

Why not fix a few of water leaks, and save billions of gallons, island Roads & Wightfibre between them have most of the islands road infrastructure dug up with no workmen in sight … organised chaos …

Jim Bean
Jim Bean
Reply to  Bobs biggest fan
4 days ago

Island roads and wightfibre have nothing to do with our water supply lol

June
June
Reply to  Jim Bean
4 days ago

They may not affect the water supply but SW should visit when roads are dug up etc as you can guarantee once the road is tarmac and smooth and even open you will see SW digging it up. Why they cannot co-ordinate between them is beyond me – unless they have never heard of the word CO-ORDINATION?

Lol
Lol
Reply to  Bobs biggest fan
4 days ago

Lol, do your research before posting a stupid opinion. These firms have nothing to with this water ban.

Dusty Willy
Dusty Willy
4 days ago

Good thing I have access to this thing called a “bucket” and a “tap”

YIGAF
YIGAF
Reply to  Dusty Willy
4 days ago

Exactly. I can wash my car then chuck buckets of water over it. Totally legal . Water all my plants and vegetables with a watering can. Totally legal. What’s the problem ? Even fill up a kiddies play pool with buckets of water- again totally legal.

June
June
4 days ago

Southern water along with the Council need to invest in more water storage on the Island. To be dependant to the extent we are on the mainland is idiotic especially with the heavy rainfall in the first part of the year. The seasonal and weather changes are set to remain, we need to look to the future when perhaps even the main rivers in the south will end up as dry river beds. Houses will only be occupied if the essential necessities are readily available, I just hope we don’t end up having to use stand pipes, and mains water cut off. There has been very little noticeable investment from SW for the Island to improve system.

Old school.
Old school.
Reply to  June
4 days ago

How many reservoirs have the council closed, built upon? I think it was 3.
Investment is not their priority, unless it’s their golden pension fund.

Hopper
Hopper
Reply to  June
4 days ago

Heavy rainfall? When has the Isle of Wight in the past year had heavy rainfall?

Sherlock hemlock
Sherlock hemlock
4 days ago

So does that mean no-one has to pay a water bill for the foreseeable future as well ..?

plato
plato
Reply to  Sherlock hemlock
4 days ago

Why would that be the case? You WILL still be using water, just not thru a hosepipe. Most are on meter, so will pay for what they use. Its not rocket science, is it?

Sherlock hemlock
Sherlock hemlock
Reply to  plato
4 days ago

Yes it was sarcasm ..sit back down and relax ..,☺️

Shaz
Shaz
4 days ago

Wish they would give it a rest. If its not one thing its something else. All the monies we pay to them and can’t seem to guarantee there will be water supplies. They rely on the rain lol

Sherlock hemlock
Sherlock hemlock
Reply to  Shaz
4 days ago

We’re just slowly moving into a Policed State ….Drones overhead listening in cameras everywhere …..just like 1984 ..big brother etc …

Sherlock hemlock
Sherlock hemlock
4 days ago

Has anyone else noticed the water that pours out of a white pipe onto the pavement outside the Venture Quays building in East Cowes it’s been doing it for months …….i Bet they don’t get fined …

Graham Ruthven
Graham Ruthven
4 days ago

I believe garden fish ponds can also be topped up?

 

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