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Hose use

My fellow pro gardeners raised the question 

during a hose pipe ban 

Are we allowed to use domestic clients hoses as professionals carrying out our work to keep a planting job alive ? 
I understand nurseries garden centres etc can and via a standpipe u can but does it apply I.e after laying a lawn can we water it in 

I wouldn't lay a lawn in this but the question is there 

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    I would look on the local authority for the water supply to read the list of exemptions to the ban, when I looked on Southern at the weekend for Hampshire it said you could water newly laid turf for 28 days ( I wouldn't/ haven't laid turf.) using a drip irrigation.

    you can fill ponds etc for wildlife etc if they are threatened by a lower level of water than normal

    you can fill a fountain if it's used for religious beliefs etc...

    you can't clean lots of things such as pools or vehicles unless it's a business operation. But you can fill a pool if it's being constructed or used for medical purposes 

    I did see about seasonal beds and displays of flowers and I believe they should and can be watered whereas watering all the existing shrubs isn't and probably a waste

    there are exemptions as well for blue badge holders or those on a vulnerable list as they may not be able to use a water butt and can on the grounds of disability but can sit and hold a hose 


    check the FAQS of the water supply and it's all there 

  • A new Aldi being  constructed near me just had what must have been thousands of plants put in a couple of weeks ago............really sad as the whole lot are dying.  You really would think they'd have the sense to leave the planting to the Autumn.  

    • LJN PRO

      Depends who's responsible for the aftercare and what their contract stipulates regarding completion/payment. Same thing happened re: mass tree whip planting on the HS2 route : https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-48351611

      Thousands of HS2 newly planted trees died in drought
      Campaign groups brand it an "environmental disaster" as the saplings are having to be replanted.
    • Thats a shame, Planting in mid summer dry period or not doesn't show a lot of sense.  Autumn is only a few weeks away.

  • My reading on Southern Water's website is that watering of plants in the ground and not under cover on commercial premises is permitted- but I can't see that that extends to private gardens. https://www.southernwater.co.uk/drought-restrictions

    [edited by Admin to correct url link]

    Drought restrictions checker
    Search with your postcode to find out what phase you are currently experiencing.

    Re: hose pipe use;

    For a commercial site :thumbsup:

    For a residential garden :thumbsdown:

    BUT read local water authority guidance as they can and will subsquently enforce for non-essential commercial use ....


    The GMA has bought all current drought restrictions together and accessible thru this link :


    Guidance on temporary water restrictions
    Temporary use bans, or ‘hosepipe bans’  All water companies can impose a ban or restriction on the use of hosepipes and sprinklers in their area if t…
  • You can use a pipe for 14 days on newly planted plants and 28 days for turf..

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