A garden hose ban is due to come into force in Yorkshire later this month.
It comes as the county smolders in another heatwave after the driest July on record.
Yorkshire Water announced the hose ban would come into effect towards the end of August.
Official drought status has been declared for parts of the south-west, parts of southern and central England and eastern England.
The change could lead to further measures such as hosepipe bans, but the Environment Agency has reassured the public that essential water supplies are safe.
Here’s everything you need to know:
When will the garden hose ban in Yorkshire come into effect?
Yorkshire Water announced a hose pipe ban will be in place from August 26.
The company has not announced an end date for the ban.
Welsh Water, Southern Water, Thames Water and South East Water have also announced hose bans.
What are the restrictions?
Yorkshire Water has announced the following actions as part of the hoseline 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
People can still do the above activities without a hose if they use tap water from a bucket or watering can; or use non-tap water such as B. Gray water, rainwater from a rain barrel or a private borehole.
Businesses may use a hose if it is directly related to a commercial purpose. There are restrictions on using a hose other than for these essential commercial purposes – for example using a hose to clear a path outside a commercial property would not be permitted.
Blue badge holders who are on the Yorkshire Water Priority Services Register for medical reasons or on the WaterSure tariff are also exempt from the ban.
Which areas are affected by the hose line ban?
The hose ban applies to all Yorkshire Water customers from 26 August.
Areas include: West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, part of North Lincolnshire, most of North Yorkshire and part of Derbyshire.
Why is there a hose ban?
Neil Dewis, Water Director of Yorkshire Water, said: “Parts of Yorkshire have seen the least rainfall since records began more than 130 years ago. The hot, dry weather means Yorkshire rivers are low and our reservoirs are around 20% lower than we would expect for this time of year. We have done everything in our power to avoid restrictions, but unfortunately they are now necessary as part of our drought planning.
“We are grateful to our customers who have saved water where they can this summer. It’s really important that we all continue to do this to protect our water resources and the environment.
“We have been working hard behind the scenes to balance our water supplies through our regional grid system (an investment by Yorkshire Water after the last hosepipe ban in 1995/6) and reduce water loss from leaking pipes (we have reduced by 50% since 1995/6) – this year we’ve added extra people to our field service teams and introduced a seven-day work pattern to help us find and fix leaks faster.
He continued, “We have been closely monitoring reservoir levels, weather forecasts and other environmental indicators to determine if we may need to take any further action.
“Having now reached that trigger point, we need to ensure we have enough supplies for the basic needs of people across the region this year and next, and ensure we are able to protect our local environment by limiting the.” Amount of water that we need to take from the rivers. Our decision to introduce a hoseline ban is based on the risk that water supplies will continue to fall in the coming weeks and the need to be cautious about the supply of clean water and the long-term health of rivers.
“The current hoseline ban also allows us to apply for drought permits with the Environment Agency, which means we can take more water from our rivers and reduce runoff from our reservoirs so we can continue to provide our customers with the water they rely on us for .
“The ban comes into effect on August 26 and we will keep everyone posted on when it ends.”