North West Hosepipe Ban starts today

From today, a hosepipe ban will be in force across the North West, including Greater Manchester. You can be fined up to £1000 for breaking the ban.
This is, we’ve been told, the driest start to the year since records began 74 years ago. Hosepipes can use the same amount of water in an hour as a family of four uses in a day, thus a ban has been introduced to help safeguard supplies for everyone.

Please be aware that we won’t be able to use hosepipes or sprinklers until further notice. You can still water your garden using a watering can – even better if you re-use bath water. If you want to clean your car, please use a bucket and sponge.

Customers who are registered disabled and blue badge holders are exempt from the ban.

Update - I've received the following email from United Utilities -

Good afternoon

Here’s a brief update on the water resources situation in the North West, following the introduction of the hosepipe ban last Friday.

Despite rainfall over the past week, our regional reservoir levels fell by 0.7%, dropping to 60.9%, while they were around 78% at the same time last year

Cumbria received the most rainfall and levels rose there, but the Pennines did not experience much rain and levels fell

We have had further rainfall over the past 48 hours and this will hopefully improve levels over the next few days

The rainfall is welcome, of course, but we need further sustained rain over the summer before we see reservoir levels recovering back towards normal

This welcome rain is starting to re-wet the ground that has completely dried out due to the very low rainfall in the past seven months. More rain is needed to fully re-wet the ground. We will then see the rainfall running off into reservoirs, rather than just being soaked up by the parched soils and moorland vegetation

The rain in Cumbria has raised lake levels and river flows sufficiently to enable pumping to re-start at our pumping stations at lakes Windermere and Ullswater for the first time since Easter. This is helping stabilise reservoir levels at Thirlmere and Haweswater in the Lake District

We are monitoring the reservoirs on a daily basis and we will lift the hosepipe ban as soon as levels recover back towards normal

If you have any questions regarding how United Utilities is managing the region’s water resources, do not hesitate to contact me.


Mark Donaghy

Public Affairs Manager

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