Drought happens when it doesn’t rain for a long time. This means that our water resources, like rivers and reservoirs, can run out – especially when it’s hot.

Water companies have plans to manage longer periods of dry weather, but they need your help to make sure there is enough to go round by using less water. But if the situation doesn’t get any better, water companies can introduce Temporary Use Bans, which are often called hosepipe bans.

Avoid using a hose pipe

Your water company may ask you to use less water by taking simple steps around the home and garden. These may include not using a hose pipe to:

  • water the garden,
  • wash your car; or
  • fill a paddling pool.

If the drought continues, your water company might ban all water use classed as ‘non-essential’. This would impact businesses who use water, like car washes.

If you have mobility problems

If you have mobility problems and are on your water company’s Priority Services Register, the hosepipe ban shouldn’t apply to you.

Check with your water company to see what rules are in place in your area. Breaking the rules could land you a fine of up to £1000 which is enforceable by law.

How long will a hose pipe ban last?

Hosepipe bans will stay in place until the water situation improves. Your company will announce when they are being removed. The company should provide regular updates.
It may not feel like much, but everyone playing their part during a hose pipe ban can make a real difference.

Help to use less water

By using less water when asked we can all help to ensure there’s enough water for people, businesses and the environment.

There are several things we can all do to help our water supplies go further in dry weather. Check out our water-saving tips.