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What is a hosepipe ban?

Hosepipe bans are now known as Temporary Use Bans or TUBs.

In recent history, the name changed as the restrictions on water use can change depending on the severity of the water shortage, and can include different water use activities, not just hosepipes.

TUBs are one measure that can be used when there is a long period of dry weather, and there is a risk to our water resources.

Before a TUB is considered, we would take a number of actions to help reduce demand on the water supply (the use of water), and increase the supply (production of water).

A temporary use ban can cover a wide range of water uses in households and tries to limit the use of tap water to the essentials, like drinking, cooking and washing.

  • Watering a garden using a hosepipe
  • Cleaning a private motor vehicle using a hosepipe
  • Watering plants on domestic or other non-commerical premises using a hosepipe
  • Cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool
  • Dawing water, using a hosepipe, for domestic recreational use
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe
  • Flling or maintaining an ornamental fountain
  • Ceaning walls, or windows, of domestic premises using a hosepipe
  • Cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe
  • Cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe

These restrictions are not meant to prevent legitimate commercial use or prevent customers from using watering cans or buckets.


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