Warning to motorists: Hosepipe ban could land you with a £1,000 fine if you wash your car!

A hosepipe ban is expected to come into force in some parts of the country in August

 

A hosepipe ban is on the cards in some parts of the country following a continuous spell of hot weather which has left many of our reservoirs at low levels.

The UK is currently experiencing its longest heatwave since 1976 and the hot weather is predicted to last for the rest of July.

For this reason, there are temporary hosepipe bans set to come into force in some parts of the country on 5 August.

A report by United Utilities suggests the ban could affect around seven million people in the UK.

A hosepipe ban is expected to come into force in some parts of the country in August

Warning to motorists: Hosepipe ban could land you with a £1,000 fine if you wash your car!

And despite some scatterings of rainfall during the past 10 days, the level of water in some of our reservoirs are “still lower than we would expect at this time of year,” said a spokesperson from United Utilities.

Motorists are being warned about the risk of ignoring the ban once it comes into force, as getting caught cleaning the car using a hosepipe or power washer during a ban could land you with a hefty fine of up to £1,000.

There will be restrictions on the use of hosepipes and sprinklers once the ban begins, which means that watering our gardens and washing our cars should be put on hold until the ban is lifted.

However, you can during a ban still wash your car but just a bucket and sponge should be used and for the garden a simple watering can only.

The ban is expected to affect customers in the North West more and could reduce water usage by 5-10%, equal to 100 million litres per day.

You can still keep your car clean during a hosepipe ban by using a bucket and sponge only, or you can purchase waterless car cleaners and microfibre cloths to help maintain a clean, sparkly motor.

 

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