Seven water companies across the south and east of England have announced hosepipe bans this year, which come into force on 5th April. Water is a precious resource, and all gardeners should use water wisely in their gardens.
There are lots of things you can do in the garden to make the best use of water. This is especially important for those gardeners on a water meter. And of course, a watering can is just as useful as a hosepipe. Whether you have a hosepipe ban or not, there are a range of measures you can take to reduce your reliance on water in the garden, as well as techniques you can use to conserve the precious water you have. See how everyone can make best use of water in the garden and use water wisely.
The water companies announcing the hosepipe ban are: Thames, Anglian, South East Water, Southern Water, Sutton & East Surrey Water, Veolia Water Central and Veolia Water Southeast.
Drip irrigation systems
In previous years, drip irrigation systems have been considered to be hosepipe-based systems and so have been covered by hosepipe bans. Used correctly, drip irrigation is water efficient and there is clear evidence that their use contributes positively to the overall water-saving effort.
This year, for the first time ever, agreement has been reached with all 7 water companies to allow gardeners to use drip irrigation during periods of water restrictions.
The Southern Water agreement does not cover Hampshire or the Isle of Wight.