New hosepipe ban as map shows areas affected
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Large areas of Devon will be hit by a hosepipe ban from next week despite weeks of heavy rain across the county. Last summer’s drought is being blamed for the continuing low water levels in some reservoirs across Devon and Cornwall.
Guy Henderson www.devonlive.com
Water levels at the huge Roadford reservoir are currently at just 66 per cent full, and all parts of the county served by Roadford will see the hosepipe ban come into force at a minute past midnight on Tuesday April 25. South West Water took out a full-page advertisement in our sister paper the Western Morning News today to announce the news.
The ban is on hosepipes, sprinklers and automatic irrigation systems, and covers watering gardens, washing cars and filling ponds, paddling pools and fountains. Householders will not be able to use hosepipes to clean walls, windows, paths or patios, but they can use buckets and watering cans instead, as long as they don’t use hosepipes to fill them.
There are exceptions for health and safety reasons, for commercial gardens and for filling and maintaining certain pools, including those used for medical treatment.
A spokesman for South West Water said: “Our region remains officially in drought and a hosepipe ban has been in place for Cornwall and a small part of North Devon since August 2022. To further ensure our reservoir levels’ recovery, and in accordance with our drought plan, we will be introducing a Temporary Use Ban throughout other parts of Devon on April 25.
The area in pink – served by Roadford – is subject to the hosepipe ban
“The South West Water region is still seeing the impact of last year’s exceptionally dry weather and reservoir levels are lower than normal for this time of year. South West Water is acting now to protect water resources and the environment, to help rivers and reservoirs to recharge ahead of the summer months.”
SWW says reservoir levels are recovering across the two counties, but remain lower than this time last year. At Roadford – between Okehampton and Launceston – the water level is at 66 per cent, whereas at this time last year it was 96 per cent. Colliford, on Bodmin Moor, is at 60 per cent, as opposed to 79 percent in April 2022. Wimbleball on Exmoor, however, is 100 per cent full, as are the Kennick, Tottiford and Trenchford reservoirs on Dartmoor.
The spokesman continued: “Our customers’ actions to save water really are making an extraordinary difference to the rate of this recovery. We continue to work closely with the National Drought Group and all relevant agencies to ensure comprehensive plans are in place to manage water resources throughout 2023.
“You really are making an extraordinary difference. We are grateful to all our customers and communities for their efforts in reducing daily water usage over the drought period.
“We must ask you to keep saving water where you can, so that our water resources can recover sufficiently for the spring and summer ahead.”