As the area officially in drought in the UK widens to include South Yorkshire and the April 5 hosepipe ban looms, Drain Doctor offers some advice to consumers and technicians alike on how to cope with the ban.
The current position would suggest that water used to fill jetting machines for drain clearance is not covered by the ban. However, using a domestic water supply for a jetter used to clean a patio or a car is likely to be included in the ban. The ban is focussing on domestic and recreational use of hosepipes but this could change as the drought continues to bite.
Ofwat guidance on hosepipe use is as follows:
Watering of private gardens and washing of private motor cars with a hosepipe or sprinkler is prohibited during a hosepipe ban.
- You can wash cars or water gardens using buckets and/or watering cans.
- Commercial activities are generally not affected by hosepipe bans. However, a gardener or window cleaner must not use a hosepipe or sprinkler connected to a customer’s private supply.
Visit www.hosepipeban.org.uk/2012 for more information on the dos and don’ts laid out by the various water companies. The ban, to be introduced on 5 April, will be introduced by Anglian Water, Southern Water, South East Water, Thames Water, Sutton & East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East.
Drain Doctor would also like to reiterate the following tips for saving water:
- Use a bowl in the sink when washing fruit, vegetables or dishes. You can then use the waste water to water your plants.
- Fill a jug of water and put it in the fridge for when you want a cool drink.
- Turn off the tap when you clean your teeth. A running tap uses up to nine litres of water a minute.
- Wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine or your dishwasher. Some new washing machines use less than seven litres of water for each kilogramme of clothes, while modern dishwashers can use as little as 10 to 15 litres of water a cycle.
- If possible, take a shower instead of a bath. A five-minute shower uses about 40 litres of water. This is about half the volume of a standard bath.
- Use a water-saving device in your toilet cistern. Depending on the size of your cistern, you could save between one and three litres each time you flush the toilet.
- Using a watering can in the garden instead of a sprinkler or a hosepipe. Garden sprinklers and hosepipes left running can use between 500 and 1,000 litres of water an hour.
- Think about fitting a water butt to collect rainwater off your roof. Water butts usually store about 200 litres of water. As well as being better for watering your plants, using rainwater in the garden reduces the amount of treated water you use.
- Check your property regularly for leaks on your internal plumbing.