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Hosepipe ban?

A mate of mine has insists that if we have a hosepipe ban, then we as professionals can ignore and continue to use hoses? I told him it's rubbish and you must have to pay some kind of special company water rates surely? Can anyone clarify ? Many thanks 

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  • I believe he’s talking rubbish, hosepipes would be banned from domestic situations regardless of who’s holding it. Drip line  Irrigation and watering cans would still be fine though.

  • PRO

    If you're on a metered commercial supply you can use a hosepipe, however, if your pulling water out of a domestic tap using a hose you risk getting fined regardless if it's for commercial use or not.


  • Thank you for replies, pretty much my thoughts .

  • The last time there was a hosepipe ban, we paid for a hosepipe licence, not sure if these are still available.  Although we only used it sparingly, it was almost more trouble than it was worth, as we almost became 'public enemy No.1', with well meaning people 'putting us right', even when we shown the licence.


  • He's talking nonsense. Football pitches in the four main Leagues can be watered as can Historic Gardens and nurseries. Otherwise the rest of us will be banned from using hosepipes.

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    On a side note : 

    What if a client has spent a huge amount on plantrs and landscaping in the last 12 months. 

    If that can not be watered the majority will die. 

    Surely they then have a legal position to demand compensation from a water company that has failed to meet its customers needs after a winter of massive rainfall ? 

    I cant see anyone 'not watering' a huge investment and just letting it die and they must have rights in this position? 

    • They can use drip line irrigation or a watering can, just not a hosepipe.

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        cant see 50 k - 100 k of plants being realistically serviced by a watering can and soaker hose

        and surely the water company would be viable for replacement costs on the dying items ? 

        and if you have that volume of money tied up in plants i cant see a small fine being a deterent 

        • A bit of a selfish attitude if you ask me, when water starts to get precious it needs to be rationed for drinking and washing etc. rather than used to avoid upsetting the wealthy landowners.

           I look after a very large property with easily more than 100k worth of plants and trees, all of which were planted during Autumn seasons for best chance of survival and all of which is watered by either Rainbird irrigation setup or individual drip lines with timers, the whole system is fed by borehole water, but the system would be the same if fed by mains. It was quite costly to install, but now that it’s done the whole garden can be done with just the touch of a button.

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            Well selfish or not i was intrested to know what rights people might have due to the failures of a water company to provide a service after a massively wet winter / early spring. 

            That set up sounds great but one could probably argue that mass irrigation of huge lawns etc via mains or boreholes has massively wastefull impact. 

            Large plants will take many years before their root systems are capable of self supporting themselves so autumn planted or not - it makes little difference - for years they will need root drenching during hot periods. 

            So in theory you could still fill large tanks and then drench the plants - as long as you arent using a hose ? 

            The whole system seems full of confusion and contradiction IMO 

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