Everything you need to know about the garden hose ban in Sussex

HERE is everything you need to know about the hose and sprinkler ban for South East Water customers in Sussex.

South East Water said the use of a hose or sprinkler is restricted to “ensure we have enough water for essential uses and to protect the environment”.

When did the ban come into effect?

The South East Water ban began at 00:01 on Friday 12 August.

Why is there a ban?

Figures show this is the driest July since 1935, and the period between November 2021 and July 2022 was the driest eight-month period since 1976.

“In July, we saw just 8 percent of the month’s average rainfall in the Southeast, and the long-term forecast for August and September is for similar weather,” a spokesman for South East Water said.

“Demand for water this summer has broken all previous records including the Covid lockdown heatwave.

“We produce an additional 120 million liters of water per day to supply our customers, which is equivalent to the daily supply of four other cities the size of Maidstone or Eastbourne.”

What are the rules?

As long as the ban is in effect, you must not:

  • Water a garden with a hose.
  • Clean a private motor vehicle with a hose.
  • Water plants with a hose.
  • Clean a private pleasure boat with a hose.
  • Fill or maintain a private swimming or paddling pool.
  • Withdraw water with a hose for recreational household use.
  • Fill or maintain a home pond with a hose.
  • Fill or maintain a decorative fountain with a hose.
  • Clean living room walls or windows with a hose.
  • Clean paths or patios with a hose.
  • Clean other outdoor artificial surfaces with a hose.

Who is affected by the ban?

Around 2.2 million customers across Sussex and Kent are likely to be impacted by the ban.

The temporary ban applies to all users who are billed by South East Water and businesses in the South East Water supply area in Sussex who are billed by their retailer or other contracted business.

The ban also applies to customers in Kent.

How long does the ban apply?

A spokesman for South East Water said: “It is likely that it will continue until we are confident that demand for water has returned to manageable levels.

“We will keep checking the position. This is really just a short temporary measure to help us in these very unusual circumstances.”

What happens if you use your garden hose during the ban?

Failure to comply with the restrictions can result in prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

Are there other hose bans?

South East Water became the second UK water company to introduce a hose pipe ban this summer.

Southern Water announced a ban on nearly a million of its customers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, taking effect this Friday.

With this, garden hoses may no longer be watered or cars cleaned, ornamental ponds and private swimming pools may no longer be filled.

Yorkshire Water says it is considering introducing a temporary hosepipe ban and drought permits after reservoir levels fell below 50 per cent.

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Fry Electronics Team

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