SCORCHING weather has left Britain gasping — drying up rivers and emptying reservoirs as sweltered sunbathers reach out for a drink.
But the combination of 30C temperatures burning off water and heavy consumption to try to beat the heat, the threat of a hosepipe ban is looming large for many regions. Here’s the latest.
Environment Agency The dried up River Teme in Herefordshire after days of scorching hot weather
Is there a hosepipe ban?
A nationwide hosepipe ban has not been enforced, but individual water companies are bringing about their own measures.
The decision to ban the use of hosepipes is due to extreme consumption of water drying up reservoirs.
The Department for the Environment is asking people to limit their showers to no longer than four minutes.
And people are encouraged to think of ways to cut water use — turning taps off when brushing teeth, fixing leaks and only watering plants when absolutely necessary.
But a hosepipe ban already affecting some people — and there is a threat of further bans elsewhere.
Northern Ireland Water
Northern Ireland Water, in charge of the water supplies in Northern Ireland, issued a hosepipe ban on June 29 amid the ongoing heatwave.
It limits the pip to using tap water for essentials like drinking, cooking and washing.
It bans the following:
Watering a garden using a hosepipe; Watering outdoor plants on domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe; Drawing water, using a hosepipe for domestic recreational use; Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool using a hosepipe; Filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe; Cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe; Cleaning a private motor vehicle using a hosepipe; Cleaning walls or windows of domestic premises using a hosepipe; Cleaning paths or patios of domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe
United Utilities looks after water supplies in the North West of England.
It warned customers that it is on the verge of issuing a hosepipe ban because of a “massive increase” in water usage.
The company said it is having to bring in water supplies from Wales and the Pennines to feed the one billion litre daily shortage.
And a ban will be brought in “in days rather than weeks” if consumption is not cut.