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United Utilities to introduce hosepipe ban for Preston

Posted on - 17th July, 2018 - 6:41am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Wildlife and Conservation
We won't be able to use a hosepipe like this for potentially a few weeks in August Pic: Douglas Kelly
We won’t be able to use a hosepipe like this for potentially a few weeks in August Pic: Douglas Kelly

Preston homeowners are facing a hosepipe ban from early August.

United Utilities are introducing the temporary water use restriction due to the long spell of hot weather and increased demand for water.

Preston and the surrounding areas are within the hosepipe ban area.

What’s covered by the ban?

– watering a garden or plants using a hosepipe
– cleaning a private car, van, motorbike, trailer, caravan or boat using a hosepipe
– filling a domestic swimming pool, paddling pool or fountain
– cleaning walls or windows using a hosepipe
– using water from a hosepipe for domestic recreational use
– cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe
– cleaning any artificial outdoor surface using a hosepipe

When does it start?

Sunday 5 August

When does it end?

No date set yet

Read more: River Ribble faces low levels as heatwave continues

The River Ribble is facing low water levels. Pic: Stephen Melling

What is the fine?

There’s a potential £1,000 fine for anyone caught flouting the ban

What can we still do?

Tap water can be used to fill a bucket or watering can, and you can use water which has been used before

If you have your own water supply such as a private borehole or rain water duct, you can use this.

Can I check if my home is affected?

There’s a postcode checker on the United Utilities website

Where can I find more information?

There’s a full Q&A section on the United Utilities website

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