Hosepipe ban to hit gardeners

Wed, Mar 14, 2012

Climate Change, Water, UK Climate Change

The Guardian provides excellent reports on the current lack of water in the South of England:

“The government has declared drought in the southeast and warned that other parts of the country are in danger of drying up, too. For two winters in a row the UK has had unseasonably low rainfall. Now the government, and those with long memories, are invoking the summer of 1976 as a harbinger of what’s to come.

Drought tends to mean two words in Britain: hosepipe ban. Thames Water has already announced that it is to impose a hosepipe ban on all its 8.8 million water customers in London and the Thames Valley, coming into effect on 5 April before the Easter bank holiday weekend.


Hose-pipe bans are the scourge of a lawn-loving nation, and a huge source of frustration to anyone who wants to keep their green and pleasant land just so. But gardeners are perhaps more mindful of water than most people: we have the everyday knowledge that it is the single most important element when you’re nurturing living things. It’s a resource that needs to be carefully managed, and a hosepipe left on for an hour uses as much water as a family of four does in a week, which puts things in perspective.

As responsible gardeners there are lots of things we can do to avoid wasting water in our gardens.


And, is a hosepipe ban really the best way to deal with restricting water usage? The Guardian again offers an excellent response:


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