From Wednesday 24 August, we need to bring in a hosepipe ban (also known as a Temporary Use Ban) for everyone we supply water to in the Thames Water area. After the driest July on record, and below average rainfall in 10 of the last 12 months, Thames Water have reported that the water levels in their rivers and reservoirs are much lower than usual. The recent heatwaves mean that demand for water has also hit record highs. Customers have been brilliant at saving water where they can. This week’s rain isn’t enough to get levels back to where they need to be and with low rainfall forecast for the coming months we now need to take the next step in our drought plan. Everything we do now will help protect the environment and supplies next summer.
What the ban means for you
The restrictions and exceptions are explained in full on our website https://www.leeputilities.co.uk/
The main rules around the home are that hosepipes can’t be used for:
- Watering gardens and allotments
- Filling paddling pools, swimming pools and hot tubs
- Cleaning vehicles, windows, and patios
The ban also applies to sprinklers and jet washers. You can use a watering can or bucket instead of a hose – but please help to protect precious supplies by only using water where you really need to.
You’ll find more information on our website https://www.leeputilities.co.uk/
We’ll continue to work closely with Thames Water who are monitoring water levels in rivers and reservoirs closely. Once they’ve recovered enough, we’ll get in touch again to let you know when the ban can be lifted.
Thanks again for making every drop count.
The Leep Networks Water Team