Next region to face hosepipe ban affecting 5,000,000 people from August 26

It is the first hosepipe ban to be announced for the North of England this summer.

August 12th 2022

Next region to face hosepipe ban affecting 5,000,000 people from August 26
Those caught flouting the upcoming hosepipe ban risk being fined £1,000 (Picture: PA/Alamy)
Those caught flouting the upcoming hosepipe ban risk being fined £1,000 (Picture: PA/Alamy)

Yorkshire Water has become the first company in the North of England to introduce a hosepipe ban this summer.

It comes into force from August 26, amid warnings that the region has seen the lowest rainfall since records began more than 130 years ago.

Reservoir levels have fallen below 50% for the first time since the drought of 1995 and will take months of rainfall to replenish, said Yorkshire Water, which has more than 5million customers.

It will be the company’s first hosepipe ban in 27 years, and those caught flouting it risk fines of up to £1,000.

‘The hot, dry, weather means that Yorkshire’s rivers are running low and our reservoirs are around 20% lower than we would expect for this time of year,’ Yorkshire Water’s director of water Neil Dewis said.

‘We’ve been doing everything we can to avoid putting in restrictions but unfortunately, they’re now necessary as part of our drought planning.

Reservoir levels in Yorkshire have fallen below 50% for the first time since the drought of 1995 (Picture: PA/Alamy)
Reservoir levels in Yorkshire have fallen below 50% for the first time since the drought of 1995 (Picture: PA/Alamy)
File photo daed 26/7/2022 of low water levels at Holme Styes reservoir in Holmfirth West Yorkshire. Infrastructure advisers are calling for a national hosepipe ban and compulsory water metering as the nation braces for drought. The National Infrastructure Committee (NIC) has said water needs to start being managed better across the UK, otherwise the country could face a future of queueing for emergency bottled supplies
Low water levels at Holme Styes reservoir in Holmfirth West Yorkshire (Picture: PA)
People walk near the low water levels at Baitings Reservoir in Ripponden, West Yorkshire, Britain, August 10, 2022. REUTERS/Lee Smith
‘We’ve been doing everything we can to avoid putting in restrictions but unfortunately, they’re now necessary as part of our drought planning’ (Picture: Reuters)

‘We’ve been monitoring reservoir levels, weather forecasts and other environmental indicators closely to determine whether we might need to put further measures in place.

‘As we’ve now reached that trigger point, we need to make sure that we have enough supply for the essential needs of people across the region this year and next, as well as making sure we’re able to protect our local environment by limiting the amount of water we have to draw from the rivers.

‘Our decision to introduce a hosepipe ban is based on the risk that water stocks continue to fall in the coming weeks and the need to be cautious about clean water supplies and long-term river health.’

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(Source : https://metro.co.uk/2022/08/12/yorkshire-water-announces-hosepipe-ban-for-its-5000000-customers-17171730/)
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