Hosepipe ban well underway

WASHING the car and watering the plants is set to get a little more difficult for people living in Boston for the next few months, as a hosepipe ban comes into force in an attempt to deal with continuing drought conditions.

Anglian Water, was one of seven companies to begin the ban on Thursday, meaning there are now severe restrictions on the domestic use of water.

Anyone found to be breaching the ban, which stops people using the useful tool to rinse the car, fill a paddling pool or water the garden, could be fined up to £1,000.

Peter Simpson, managing director of Anglian Water, said: “The fact is that it simply has not rained anywhere near enough.

“We cannot know how much rain the rest of the year will bring and that’s why we believe a domestic hosepipe ban now is the most sensible and responsible action to take to help safeguard customer supplies for this year, next year and beyond.”

It is the first time Anglian Water has enforced a ban in more than 20 years, but two dry winters have meant supplies are severely depleted. The company has also launched a campaign to encourage people to use less water.

Locally, East Lindsey District Council has been looking at ways to reduce its water usage, including using sustainable planing schemes in parks. It is also urging residents to ‘do their bit’.

Despite the issues, the ban currently applies to domestic water use – something the National Farmers Union was pleased about. However, the industry has faced restrictions.

Deputy president Meurig Raymond said: “Many farmers and growers have changed practices, such as irrigating at night, investing in farm reservoirs and using technology such as trickle irrigation and rainwater harvesting to make the most of the water available to them.”