Service Information Note 20180813-2
Hose Pipe Ban Update
There has been little rainfall since the middle of September and our water sources are struggling recover for the heatwave earlier this year. The slow recovery of the water sources is making it difficult to meet demand and the reservoir has not recovered to its original levels.
At an extraordinary meeting of the Trustees on the 3rd October, the Trustees have agreed to continue with the hosepipe ban (known as a Temporary Use Ban). Continuing with this ban will protect the water supply for the purpose of washing, drinking, and food preparation.
The Trustees also ask you to conserve your water use to reduce the demand on the water sources.
The Trust is very grateful to customers for having helped reduce the demand over the last few months,
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