The North West is set for a hosepipe ban starting from the 5th August unless there is substantial rainfall between now and then.
The announcement by United Utilities comes after weeks of hot and dry weather which has seen the North West’s reservoir levels fall to critical levels.
The hosepipe ban, known as a Temporary Use Ban, will apply to domestic customers who get their water supply from United Utilities, with the exception of customers in Carlisle and the north Eden Valley, where supplies remain at reasonable levels.
Martin Padley, United Utilities water services director, said: “Despite some recent rainfall, reservoir levels are still lower than we would expect at this time of year and, with forecasters predicting a return to hot dry weather for the rest of July, we are now at a point where we will need to impose some temporary restrictions on customers.”
He added, “It is not a decision we have taken lightly.”
Customers will be prevented from using hosepipes or sprinklers for watering private gardens and washing private cars but will still be able to water their gardens with a watering can and wash their vehicles using a bucket and sponge.