Hosepipe ban imposed on Hampshire and Isle of Wight after heatwave

Southern water says there is no risk to water supply but the hosepipe ban is needed to protect the environment during “one of the driest years on record for over a century” and record temperatures.

A hosepipe ban will be imposed from next Friday by Southern Water in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Under the move, hosepipes cannot be used to water gardens and clean cars, and ornamental ponds and swimming pools must not be filled.

The restriction is the first to be put in place in the region since 2012.
The company stressed there was no risk to water supply but the ban was needed to protect the environment during “one of the driest years on record for over a century” and record temperatures.
“We haven’t taken this decision lightly and we know the temporary use ban will have an impact on our customers,” said Dr Alison Hoyle, director of risk and compliance at Southern Water.
“We’re asking everyone in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to do their bit by supporting these measures and only use the water that they need.”
• Watering a garden using a hosepipe
• Cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a hosepipe
• Watering plants on domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe
• Cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe
• Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool

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