North West faces hosepipe ban

Water levels in many reservoirs and lakes in the North West of England have plummeted to less than half their normal capacity as a result of an extremely dry start to the year. It is thought that there hasn’t been anything quite like it since 1929.

Even though there have been patches of rain in recent weeks, water supplies have not increased enough to cover normal demand. United Utilities, the water supplier for the area, said that having a temporary hosepipe ban would help to “safeguard essential supplies”.

The ban restricts using any hosepipes or sprinklers for household or garden use including washing cars. Customers may still water their gardens with a watering can and wash their cars using a bucket and sponge.

It will be the first time in 14 years since the North West has experienced a ban. If you are tempted to break the rules, then you should be aware that should someone such as a mystery shopper spot you, you may face a fine of up to £1,000.