Concessions scrapped in water use ban

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TEMPORARY water use bans came into force last week with a number of concessions scrapped.

Originally, concessions which included allowing those over 65-years-old to use a hosepipe for garden watering and to allow newly laid turf to be watered with a hospeipe for 28 days were proposed but these were abolished when the ban came in on Thursday last week following an unseasonably warm and dry March.

South East Water also said this week that despite the recent rainfall, levels at key reservoirs are still low and vital groundwater sources – which provide 75 per cent of all customers’ supplies – are at moderate or severely low levels, with some reaching their lowest-ever recorded levels.

Temporary Use Bans are imposed by South East Water under Section 76 of the Water Industry Act 1991 and customers are banned from using hosepipes for watering their gardens, washing cars, patios and boats and from filling swimming and paddling pools, ponds and fountains.