When I had my rant about the hosepipe ban, there were a few comments made that I wasn’t 100% sure about. I’d hate people to take advice off my website (even posted by others) and end up in court.
So I’ve telephoned the press office at United Utilities and got confirmation from the horse’s mouth.
Disabled Users – Hosepipe Ban
Disabled users are exempt from the hosepipe ban. They agree it would disadvantage the disabled to have to carry watering cans about. A lot of sites provide special disabled raised beds and this means they can continue to use a hose to water.
Even those gardening on a normal plot or back garden may use a hose if disabled but please don’t abuse the privilege. Thanks for the heads up to Jon Ward.
Using a Hosepipe to Fill a Watering Can
Now this is a surprise to me and potentially very useful to those whose plot is away from the tap or those like me with long plots. Paul had commented that he’d asked United Utilities on twitter
Is it possible to fill a watering can from a hosepipe, thus extending the source pipe?
Their answer was
Yes you can use it to fill your watering can.
I’ve confirmed this with United Utilities. So if you run a hosepipe from a tap down your plot and use it to fill your watering can, this is legal. Using the hosepipe to directly water the plants is illegal.
Obviously this is going to make life a lot easier for many plotholders.