United Utilities has today confirmed that a hosepipe ban will come into force on August 5th.
The reason is due to the prolonged period of very warm weather, on average 4.5 celcious higher than normal according to the Met Office.
With a spell of cooler showery weather with us at the moment this will help a little, it though needs to be torrential for a month to get this hosepipe ban lifted! and that is unlikely as another warm spell is on the way.
The restrictions listed below need to be followed from Aug 5th:
- Watering a garden and/or plants using a hosepipe
- Cleaning a private car, van, motorbike, trailer, caravan or leisure boat using a hosepipe
- Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming pool, paddling pool or ornamental fountain
- Cleaning walls or windows using a hosepipe
- Using water from a hosepipe for domestic recreational use
- Cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe
- Cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe.
Many residents will be asking why there is a water shortage due to a very high volume of rain and snow we had during the winter, as stated above the hot weather has not helped, we feel also the amount of leaks United Utilities do not fix fast enough causes much of the problem.
Population changes here in Manchester has a big factor on water consumption, as more people move into the area from London and people in other areas rightly settling here in Trafford demand for this precious resource has risen.
Either way unless we have days of torrential rain from now until Aug 5th which is unlikely we will see a hosepipe ban come into force and despite what we may feel we all have to comply.