Is hosepipe ban heading for Harlow as restrictions are set to be imposed in Kent and Sussex

News / Wed 3rd Aug 2022 at 08:46am

A HOSEPIPE and sprinkler ban is being imposed on people across Kent and Sussex, South East Water has confirmed reports the BBC.

The firm said it “had no choice” but to restrict water usage following the driest July on record.

The ban, which affects at least one million people, comes into force on 12 August until further notice.

It follows pleas from the firm for people to only use water for essential purposes during hot weather warnings last month.

A spokesman for South East Water said the record-breaking hot weather in July exacerbated what had been the driest eight months since 1976.

July has only had 8% of the average rainfall for the month, and the long-term forecast for August and September is for similar weather.

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The spokesman added: “We have been producing an additional 120 million litres of water a day to supply our customers, which is the equivalent of supplying a further four towns the size of Maidstone or Eastbourne, daily.

“We have been left with no choice but to restrict the use of hosepipes and sprinklers.”

Last month South East Water’s director of operations, Douglas Whitfield, said he was concerned about water levels and pleaded for customers to “really think carefully about their water use… and use water for essential use only”.

However at the time, he expected water concerns to be a “short-term” issue.

The ban follows weeks of disruption to water supplies across the counties, due to a number of burst pipes.

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9 Comments for Is hosepipe ban heading for Harlow as restrictions are set to be imposed in Kent and Sussex:

David Forman
2022-08-03 08:56:45

Don't forget to put out a bowl of water in the garden for birds to drink and bathe: https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-you-can-help-birds/birds-and-water/

Craig Messenger
2022-08-03 11:34:59

Recent statement by Anglian Water dismisses hosepipe ban. https://www.anglianwater.co.uk/news/no-hosepipe-ban-in-the-east-but-saving-water-is-always-vital/

Craig Messenger
2022-08-03 11:36:48

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-62332140 Further report here

David Wright
2022-08-03 13:19:38

Why don't sports grounds ie gulf clubs ,foot ball , rugby, cricket and bowling grounds not get told to stop waisting life dependent water or is makeing money more important ?.

W Harris
2022-08-03 16:21:10

What joke I've got a water leak out side my house and if i get a small pump and a hose is it ok to water my garden

2022-08-03 21:58:43

So they have known since 1976 that they need more or deeper reservoirs to store more water but have chosen to do nothing, so here we are in this mess again.

2022-08-04 06:08:07

We are a country surrounded by water, put some investments in sea water, make the water company’s Fix the leeks. They are only interested in profits for doing nothing. That’s what you get when you sell off to foreign company’s. Reap what you sow.

W Harris
2022-08-04 14:33:43

Who got the longest water leak in Harlow or is it same store has the potholes for Harlow

2022-08-05 18:05:29

Solution is to store water in potholes. Simples

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