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:
- 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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