Is there a hosepipe ban in London? Thames Water restrictions explained


Londoners face hose ban as drought is declared.

Thames Water, which supplies water to 15million customers across London and the Thames Valley, had previously said it was “ready for action” to announce restrictions.


The company has yet to make an official announcement, but it is preparing to introduce a temporary hosepipe ban “within weeks.”

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Here’s everything you need to know:


Is there a garden hose ban in London?

Thames Water has not yet announced a hose ban, but one is coming in the near future.


Cathryn Ross said there is a procedure for introducing a ban, but this can be circumvented if a drought is declared.

She told BBC Breakfast on Friday: “We’ll have to wait and see what the Government says and what that means exactly, possibly even today. I don’t know, of course we’ll consider that.


“But as you’ve probably noticed, since the end of May at Thames Water we’ve been asking our customers to react to the hot weather, react to the dry weather and really take steps to use water wisely.”

When asked if a drought was declared, if the garden hose ban could be coming soon, she said: “Very likely, yes. We are ready to go with our garden hose ban.


“Of course, before we introduce the ban ourselves, we need to be really ready with all our communication to people across the region, so we’re really clear to everyone about what they can and can’t do if they have any problems like they did to us can contact. We are ready for that.”

On its website, Thames Water says: “With very hot temperatures this week and a long-term forecast of drier weather, we are preparing to introduce a hosepipe ban – officially known as a temporary ban on use – in the coming weeks.


“Once we have everything in place we will let you know exactly when the restrictions will start and what they mean for you. We also confirm any exceptions and answer frequently asked questions.”

A heat wave was declared. (Photo by CARLOS JASSO/AFP) (Photo by CARLOS JASSO/AFP via Getty Images)

What is a hose ban?


A hoseline ban is a temporary measure restricting the use of outdoor water supplies.

It can be brought in during times of extra heat or dry weather.


A drought was officially declared in eight areas of England on Friday by the National Drought Group (NDG), made up of government officials, water companies, the Environment Agency (EA) and others.

The announcement covered: Devon and Cornwall, Solent and South Downs, Kent and South London, Herts and North London, East Anglia, Thames, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire and East Midlands.


What restrictions might exist?

Thames Water will announce restrictions and any exceptions in the coming weeks.


But if you’re wondering what to expect, Yorkshire Water announced a hose ban this week.

The company announced a ban:

  • Watering a garden with a hose
  • Cleaning vehicles or boats with a hose
  • Watering plants with a hose
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool
  • Water extraction with a hose for leisure use in the household
  • Cleaning living room walls or windows with a hose
  • Cleaning paths or patios with a hose
  • Cleaning other artificial exterior surfaces with a hose