Can I use a hosepipe?
Yes. We do not currently restrict the use of hosepipes.
If your property is metered you should be aware that the average hosepipe can use as much as 500 litres an hour, so excessive use will affect how much you pay for water.
If your property is unmetered then we do have the power to compulsory meter properties where unattended hosepipes are in use, although we are unlikely to impose this unless water consumption becomes excessive.
We ask that unmetered customers only use hosepipes that are attended (being held) to prevent waste, and refrain from using unattended sprinkler systems.
We can also introduce a hosepipe ban, now known as a Temporary Use Ban or TUB, if there is a requirement to reduce consumption because of low water resources.