Prohibited on watering hose have already come into force in parts of southern England, those who breach water restrictions can face fines of up to £1,000. The Environmental Secretary said the recent Heat wave recalls that “water is an ancient commodity”.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said it was right that some water companies had already imposed “prolonged dry weather” bans.
On Saturday night, Mr Eustice wrote in the Telegraph urging more water companies to ban garden hoses in more parts of England.
The Environment Agency has warned that England could face drought if dry weather persists.
The hosepipe ban will be decided by individual water companies who each have their own water rationing procedures if the UK faces shortages.
The Environment Secretary wrote: “In line with their drought plans, water companies across the country have rightly taken action to mitigate the effects of this prolonged dry weather using the range of tools at their disposal. I strongly encourage others to do the same.
Mr Eustice’s comment comes at a time when environmental groups have previously criticized water companies for being too slow to respond to England’s driest weather since 1976.
He also assured the public that essential water supplies are safe and that the government is working closely with the Environment Agency to monitor the situation.
Mr Eustice advised households to help save water by installing a water-saving device in the toilet tank and checking appliances for leaks, but he added ‘it should never be just individual consumer action”.
The warning comes after watering bans were implemented in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight on Friday.
Water company Southern Water said there was no ban on essential water use and the watering strips should last up to three weeks.
A company spokesperson said: ‘We will have to monitor this closely depending on rainfall and river levels.
Next week South East Water will impose a ban in Kent and Sussex and Welsh Water will also ban the use of garden hoses in certain areas from August 19.
The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has imposed water bans on industries including whiskey distilleries and golf courses after Scotland went on ‘red alert’ for drought.
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Environmental groups have criticized water companies for not imposing water restrictions in July.
Last month, during the record-breaking heatwave, south-east England experienced its driest weather on record, with just 10% rainfall.
In July, the National Drought Group placed England in ‘prolonged dry weather’ status, the stage before a drought.
A spokesperson for Rivers Trust, an environmental charity, said: ‘We felt these bans came quite late.
“Given that we were having an incredibly dry July following a low rainfall year, I think a lot of these emergency measures should have been announced in mid-July and implemented in the second half. of July rather than leaving them in mid-July. -August.
“That’s a full month of use at the hottest time of year, when we could have saved on the supply side.”
The south and east of England are set to face very dry weather next week as no rain has been forecast and temperatures are expected to be around 30 degrees Celsius.
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