FAQ: What do I need to know about Temporary Use Bans in the UK?

What is a Temporary Use Ban?

A Temporary Use Ban (TUB) is another term for a hosepipe ban. They mean we must do all we can to save water. Often they only apply to domestic customers and mean they must not use water for anything covered under the Temporary Use Ban. 
This includes the following activities:

  • Watering a garden using a hosepipe  
  • Cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a hosepipe 
  • Watering plants on domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe 
  • Cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe  
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool 
  • Drawing water, using a hosepipe, for domestic recreational use 
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe 
  • Filling or maintaining an ornamental pond or fountain 
  • Cleaning walls, or windows, of domestic premises using a hosepipe;  
  • Cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe 
  • Cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe.  

Why are wholesalers applying for Temporary Use Bans? 

Parts of England are experiencing one of the driest years on record for over 100 years. This lack of rainfall combined with the hot, dry weather has resulted in significant drops in the water levels in our rivers.
Much of the water supplied to homes and business comes from local rivers so wholesalers are asking domestic customers to limit their water usage to reduce the risk of further restrictions and disruption to water supplies, but more importantly to protect our local rivers.

Which wholesalers are applying for a Temporary Use Ban?

At the moment we only know of three wholesalers who are applying for a Temporary Use Ban. These are: 

  • Southern Water – Has already applied for a Temporary Use Ban and a Drought Permit on the River Test – a vital source of fresh water for South Hampshire, to allow them to continue to take water if levels continue to drop. 
  • South East Water - Has applied for a Temporary Use Ban across their supply area of Kent and Sussex.
  • Yorkshire Water - Has applied for a Temporary Use Ban.

When does the Temporary Use Ban come into force? 

  • Southern Water’s Temporary Use Ban (hosepipe ban) comes into effect from 5 August 2022 in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight for all their domestic customers. 
  • South East Water’s Temporary Use comes into effect in Kent and Sussex from 00:01 on Friday 12th August for all domestic customers.
  • Yorkshire Water's Temporary Use Ban comes into effect 26 August 2022.

I’m a business, does the Temporary Use Ban affect me too?

The TUB is currently only for domestic customers and not businesses, however if the dry weather continues wholesalers may need to extend this to non-essential use for business customers too. 
Anything business customers can do in the meantime to reduce their water use would help ease the pressure on our resources. 

Where can I find more information? 

More information can be found on your wholesaler’s website.

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