Britons encouraged to tip off neighbors who violate outdoor water restrictions

Residents of the South of England are encouraged to report neighbors to their water company if they find them repeatedly violating outdoor water use restrictions during the ongoing drought.

The first hosepipe ban, also known as the Temporary Use Ban (TUB), was introduced in parts of southern England on 5 August, with additional restrictions assigned to south-east England and south-west Wales later this month. was given.

Rule-breakers face fines of up to £1,000 ($1,205) if brought to court, but water companies say they prefer “education to enforcement”.

Southern Water, which imposes water use restrictions on homes in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, has advised people to “gently remind” their neighbors of the restrictions if they see someone breaking the rules.

The company also encouraged residents to report repeated violations.

A spokesperson said: ‘If you see someone repeatedly breaking the restrictions, please let us know through our customer service team. Any violation can result in a fine of up to £1,000.

“Our approach is education, not enforcement. Thank you to all our customers for supporting these restrictions and doing whatever they can to help protect their local rivers.”

Increased limits

Months of low rainfall combined with record July temperatures have led to unusually low river levels, dried up reservoirs and dried soils.

The Met Office has warned that there will be “little meaningful rainfall” on the horizon in England’s dry regions.

Southern Water said it “is asking customers to limit their use to reduce the risk of further restrictions or interruptions to water supply, but more importantly, to protect local waterways.” says.

Current restrictions cover using hose pipes to water gardens, clean cars, or wash windows. It also includes

The ban does not affect essential commercial water uses, such as commercial window cleaning or car washes, or businesses that require water as part of their operations, such as zoos.

Similar measures will be introduced to South East Water customers in Kent and Sussex on 12th August.

The company has taken steps to “ensure sufficient water for both essential uses and environmental protection” and can reduce the amount of water that “has to be taken from already-stressed local water sources.” He said he was taking steps to do so.

Welsh Water have also announced that they will introduce a hosepipe ban to cover Pembrokeshire on 19 August.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan


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