It has been announced by Yorkshire Water that the first hosepipe ban in 27 years is set to come into place today (on the 26th August).
The water company, which supplies five million customers, has said that reservoir levels have fallen below 50% for the first time since 1995 – meaning they have had to take measures to help recover supply.
It’s currently unclear how long the hosepipe ban will last, however, those caught breaking the ban will face fines of up to £1,000.
Neil Dewis, head of water at the company, said: “We’ve been doing everything we can to avoid putting in restrictions but unfortunately they’re now necessary as part of our drought planning.” adding: “based on the risk that water stocks continue to fall in the coming weeks”.
Mr Dewis added: “We need to make sure that we have enough supply for the essential needs of people across the region this year and next, as well as making sure we’re able to protect our local environment by limiting the amount of water we have to draw from the rivers.”
Other parts of England have also announced hosepipe bans, including Kent and Sussex.
What does the hosepipe ban mean for me?
- The use of a hosepipe is banned under the new restrictions.
- Watering plants and lawns with a hosepipe is not permitted.
- Washing a car or vehicle with a hosepipe is not permitted.
- Filling paddling pools and hot tubs is not permitted.
- Window cleaning with a hosepipe will not be permitted.
Yorkshire Water, Welsh Water, and South East Water are the first to implement such bans, however, Thames Water is also set to join on the hosepipe ban in the coming weeks.