Service Information Note 20180813-2
Hose Pipe Ban
Following an extraordinary meeting of the Trustees have agreed to impose a hosepipe ban (known as a Temporary Use Ban) following what is believed to be the longest heatwave since 1976.
The ban will come into force on Monday 20th August, and will apply to all customers whose water supply is provided by Long Preston Water Trust.
Despite some recent rainfall, our water source is struggling to meet demand and with forecasters predicting a return to hot dry weather we are now at a point where we will need to impose some temporary restrictions on customers.
The Trust is very grateful to customers for having helped reduce the demand over the last few months, but unless we get a period of sustained rainfall before 20th August these restrictions will help us safeguard essential water supplies for longer.
Whilst the ban restricts the use of hose pipes or sprinklers for watering private gardens and washing private cars, customers will still be able to water their gardens with a watering can and wash their vehicles using a bucket and sponge. These methods typically use a fraction of the amount of water a hosepipe or sprinkler uses.
Water facts and figures
A hosepipe uses 540 litres an hour, as much as a family of four would use in one day.
A sprinkler left running overnight uses as much water as a family of four would use in one week
A hosepipe ban can reduce water usage by 5-10 per cent (according to research by United Kingdom Water Industry Research)
For further information please see the website longprestonwatertrust.org.uk
Other information on saving water can be found at www.hosepipeban.org.uk