NW England endures hosepipe ban

After the driest start to the year since 1929, the North West of England has a temporary hosepipe ban imposed since 6.00 am Friday, 9 July.

Only half the average amount of rain has fallen in the North West in the last six months, so even though the area was flooded last year, reservoir levels have depleted.

To maintain water stocks, water supplier United Utilities has issued a temporary ban on people using hosepipes or sprinklers to water their private gardens and wash private cars.

The firm says a hosepipe can use as much water in an hour as a family of four would use in one day, while a sprinkler left running overnight uses as much water as a family of four would use in a week

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_189209


In the past watering your garden was one of life’s pleasures, but climate change is making this a real challenge.Gardeners regularly have to adapt to long periods of drought often followed by short periods of heavy downpours.Here are some ways to use water more wisely in your garden this summer:

MEASURE WHAT YOU USE

Why not have a water meter installed to ensure that you use water wisely in the garden – this might also save you money. Most households in the UK are entitled to a free water meter from their water company on request. This will help you to think about how and when you use mains water.

RE-USE WHAT YOU HAVE

Think seriously about how you might harvest and re-cycle your water supplies?

Harvested rainwater can produce healthier plants as well as saving our precious supplies .

In fact, most plants prefer rain water to tap water. It contains more pH and is free of chemicals such as chlorine.

CHECK WHAT WATER PLANTS WILL NEED

Before you buy ANY plant from ANY nursery, it is always a good idea to check how much water it will need to establish itself and to grow in summer drought conditions. It is obviously better not to buy plants that will require lots of water unless you are prepared to harvest or re-cycle your water on a regular basis.

Hanging baskets for example require daily watering and during dry periods will dry out very quickly. You may loose the plants in your display if you do not think about how you will keep them moist before you buy.

Here are a few simple SAVE WATER IDEAS

Save water by having a water metre installed

Autumn planting is better than summer as plants require less water to establish themselves

Very good organic manure mulched in late winter will help retain soil moisture in summer

Experiment with drought tolerant plants

Weeds use water so remove them

Avoid watering lawns – see lawn pages for further advice

Tap into using water butts to collect rainwater

Ensure that pots and containers have trays to ensure rain water is not wasted.

Recycle kitchen and bath water without detergents if you can.

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