Where in the UK isn’t there a hose ban?

Where in the UK isn’t there a hose ban?

A hose placed on the ground

People across the UK will be affected by the ban (Image: Getty)

Thinking of giving your lawn a good soak after scorching weather? Think again.

A Drought was officially declared for more than half of England late last week, meaning millions of people will soon be affected by the hosepipe ban.

It comes on the heels of the record-breaking August heat wave and almost rainless July we just had, dubbed the driest in more than 110 years.

During a hose ban, the use of hoses connected to the water supply network, as well as irrigation and sprinkler systems, is restricted.

Ignoring the new rules could lead to prosecution and a court fine of up to £1,000.

But which areas of the UK have escaped water rationing rules?

Where in the UK isn’t there a hose ban?

An old woman watering her garden

Breaking the rules could land you with a hefty fine and prosecution (Image: Getty)

Even though hosepipe bans have come into effect across the UK, some places have yet to be ordered.

No areas in Scotland or Ireland have been affected by a hose ban, and in Wales, only parts of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire will have a ban in place so far.

Hosing bans have been imposed in several areas of England, although most do not yet have rules in place.


Areas in England that do not have a hosepipe ban (currently or planned)

  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bedford
  • Blackburn and Darwen
  • blackpool
  • Bournemouth
  • bracknell forest
  • brighton and hove
  • Bristol board
  • buckinghamshire
  • cambridgeshire
  • central bedfordshire
  • East and West Cheshire
  • chester
  • cumbria
  • Darlington
  • derbyshire
  • Devon (excluding North West Devon)
  • Dorset
  • Durham
  • Essex
  • Gloucestershire (except Gloucester)
  • Greater Manchester
  • Halton
  • hartlepool
  • Herefordshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • isles of scilly
  • Kingston Upon Hull
  • Lancashire
  • leicestershire
  • lincolnshire
  • Luton
  • medway
  • merseyside
  • Middlesborough
  • Milton Keynes
  • norfolk
  • Northamptonshire
  • Northumberland
  • Nottinghamshire
  • oxfordshire
  • peterborough
  • Plymouth
  • swimming pool
  • portsmouth
  • Reading
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • Rutland
  • shropshire
  • Move
  • Somersault
  • Southampton
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Staffordshire
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • suffolk
  • Swindon
  • Telford and Wrekin
  • thurrock
  • torbay
  • tyne and wear
  • Warrington
  • Warwickshire
  • West Berkshire
  • west midlands
  • Wiltshire (except North Wiltshire)
  • Windsor and Maidenhead
  • wokingham
  • worcestershire

Pembrokeshire and parts of Carmarthenshire will impose a hosepipe ban from Friday August 19, while Cornwall and North West Devon will follow suit on Tuesday August 23.

Yorkshire will also be subject to water rationing regulations from Friday 26th August.

Thames Water will announce a ban in Greater London, the Thames Valley, Surrey, Gloucester, North Wilthshire and parts of West Kent. ‘In the next weeks’.

Millions of people will be affected by the hose ban (Image: Getty/iStockphoto)

A spokesman for South West Water said: ‘This is the first time in 26 years, but we have been given no choice. We need to ban hoses now to protect our precious water.

“We have done everything possible to avoid this ban. We have increased the amount of water we can store, doubling it since the last drought in 1976.

“We have opened reservoirs, installed a new well and improved the way we can move water throughout the region to help keep everyone’s taps open.”

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