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Thames Water confirms when hosepipe ban comes into force for 15,000,000 people

Thames Water confirms when hosepipe ban comes into force for 15,000,000 people

Thames Water has confirmed a hosepipe ban will come into force on August 24.

More than 15 million customers will have restrictions on water usage imposed on them in response to drought conditions across parts of England.

The firm, which supplies London and some surrounding areas, becomes the latest to announce emergency measures this summer after months of extreme weather.

Britain has experienced some of the hottest and driest months on record, pushing water networks into the red zone.

An official drought was declared in eight areas of England last week by an expert body made up of representatives from government, environment agencies and water companies.

Thames Water says the ban covers:

  • Watering your garden, allotment or plants
  • Filling or maintaining your paddling pool, swimming pool or hot tub
  • Cleaning your vehicles
  • Cleaning windows, walls, paths, patios and other artificial outdoor surfaces like artificial grass
  • Recreational use like water fights and water slides

The ban applies to hosepipes, and anything attached to them, like sprinklers and jet washers.

It said reservoir storage levels are at the lowest levels seen in the region in 30 years.

While much of the country has seen some heavy downpours in recent days, experts have warned it could take several months for water levels to return to normal.

Sarah Bentley, Thames Water CEO, said: ‘Implementing a Temporary Use Ban for our customers has been a very difficult decision to make and one which we have not taken lightly.

‘After months of below average rainfall and the recent extreme temperatures in July and August, water resources in our region are depleted.

‘Despite investing in the largest leakage reduction programme in the UK, customer demand is at unprecedented levels and we now have to move into the next phase of our drought plan to conserve water, mitigate further risk and future-proof supplies.’

Thames Water loses more than 600 million litres of water a day to leakage – that’s almost a quarter of all the water it supplies it says it’s doing everything it can to fix leaks.

Six water company’s have announced hosepipe restrictions: South West Water, Welsh Water, Southern Water, South East Water, Yorkshire Water and Thames Water


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