Temporary water use ban in Yorkshire

We’ve seen an extremely dry start to the year; in Yorkshire there’s been a dry March, April, May, June and July, with 34% less rain than the long-term average.  With August and September set to be just as dry, together with the hottest temperatures on record, demand for water is set to remain high.

It can take up to 12 hours to treat and pump drinking water back out to our customers, so when people are using more water to do things like water their plants or fill paddling pools, the challenge can be to process enough water to meet demand. 

Whilst Severn Trent Services operate and maintain the water and wastewater assets on your site, we do purchase your water from Yorkshire Water, who have notified us that to ensure they can apply for drought permits this winter, they are putting a hosepipe ban in place from 26 August 2022, which would mean the following activities are prohibited for all Yorkshire Water customers:

  • 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 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

For any additional information, please visit: yorkshirewater.com/your-water/is-there-a-hosepipe-ban/

We’d like to thank all our customers for their support in being mindful about non-essential water use, as the warm and dry weather continues into the summer.