Use water wisely to avoid hose pipe ban, say water company

With temperatures rising and a heatwave sweeping across the UK, Southern Water say they’re hitting peak demand for water and provide tips on how you can help to save water.


We always welcome a Letter to the Editor to share with our readers – unsurprisingly they don’t always reflect the views of this publication. If you have something you’d like to share, get in touch and of course, your considered comments are welcome below.

This Ben Earl, Water Efficiency Manager at Southern Water. Ed

With temperatures rising and a heatwave sweeping across the UK, we are hitting peak demand for water. Water is a precious resource and it’s important that we all do what we can to reduce wastage, come rain or shine.

This can include simple measures such as turning off taps when you’re brushing your teeth, swapping a bath for a four-minute shower and watering your garden with harvested rain can make a huge difference to water supply levels across the region.

Hose ban unlikely
The good news is, our resources are currently at healthy levels across the region, and we are unlikely to need to impose a temporary use ban this summer.

However, should this dry weather continue over the longer term, we do have clear plans in place to make sure we’re fully prepared and we are continuing to monitor the situation closely.

Fixing leaks
Our work to protect water resources includes an increased focus on fixing leaks on our 13,700-kilometre network of water mains.

Following our ground-breaking universal metering programme, our customers now use around 16% less water than they did in 2010.

Image: Rob Gallop under CC BY 2.0

Tuesday, 26th June, 2018 7:52pm



Filed under: Island-wide, Letter to the Editor, Top story, Water

Any views or opinions presented in the comments below must comply with the Commenting 'House Rules' and are solely those of the author and do not represent those of OnTheWight.

Leave your Reply

6 Comments on "Use water wisely to avoid hose pipe ban, say water company"

newest oldest most voted

I agree with harvesting rainwater, besides the garden it can also be used for washing cars / windows etc.
Often wonder what the thinking or logic is behind not using all the reservoirs that now lay empty and unused and having rely on ‘mainland’ water supplies, surely it would be better to use our own and use the imported water for back up.


This letter from Southern Water a monopoly supplier of an essential and grossly overpriced resource is rather like Southern Vectis saying “Please don’t use our buses during rush hour.”

Southern Water do your job, spend your vast profits to collect sufficient water to supply us with good pure water, dispose of our storm water and sewage properly, certainly not through antiquated CSOs into our river and seawater.

Most of the cost of our water is for sewerage and rainwater handling. We can help by being careful what we throw down the loo and by not paving over our gardens for car-parking. Rainwater harvesting should be compulsory. My two large tanks have finally run out but in the meantime I have not had to use much tapwater on the garden, and even now I’m prepared… Read more »

This week I have seen fields of crops being watered by sprays during the daytime. This is wasteful. Spraying should be done at night when evaporation is least likely to take place.


I would really, really, really like to see our building regs changed for ALL new buildings to make plumbing systems harvest and re-use grey water, so that we can stop flushing our loos with purified drinking water.


Hear hear to using rainwater on the garden.
Even better is to reduce the need to water the garden at all. Here are some of my tips: