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Hosepipe bans have been introduced in Sussex and Kent as the UK's hot weather continues.
South East Water has issued a ban on sprinklers and hosepipes from 26 June.
There's also a hosepipe ban in Cornwall and Devon, according to South West Water.
Small business owners may be wondering how the hosepipe ban will impact their business. Read on to find out more about the regulations, hosepipe ban areas, and if the temporary ban includes commercial use.
Also known as a temporary use ban (TUB), the first hosepipe bans came in on 26 June for Sussex and Kent.
Cornwall and parts of North Devon have had a hosepipe ban in place since August 2022. And South West Water extended the ban to other parts of Devon from 26 April 2023.
The hosepipe ban is enforced differently across the country, and the rules and restrictions can vary. If you’re not sure about anything then it’s best to contact your water company.
You can use a postcode checker to see how your area is affected:
This comes after a relatively dry sping, according to the Met Office.
There aren't currently any hosepipe bans in these areas, but keep an eye out over the summer if anything changes.
The temporary restrictions stop people from using a hosepipe to water gardens and plants, clean cars, wash windows, and fill paddling pools.
Not following the rules can lead to a fine of up to £1,000.
Fortunately, the ban only applies to domestic use, so businesses using water for commercial reasons are exempt from the restrictions.
If you use a hosepipe as part of your business services to customers then you’re still allowed to use it, even during the temporary use ban.
You can use a hosepipe if you’re:
Have you been affected by the UK hosepipe ban? Let us know in the comments.
Catriona Smith is a content and marketing professional with 12 years’ experience across the financial services, higher education, and insurance sectors. She’s also a trained NCTJ Gold Standard journalist. As a Senior Copywriter at Simply Business, Catriona has in-depth knowledge of small business concerns and specialises in tax, marketing, and business operations. Catriona lives in the seaside city of Brighton where she’s also a freelance yoga teacher.
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