When can you use a hose?

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IN setting out the hose ban Anglian Water has recognised there must be exceptions.

If you are not sure whether the use you propose is legal, check the Anglian Water website at www.anglianwater.co.uk or call its general query line on 08457 919155. Report leaks on 0800 771881.

The ban means you cannot use a hose to:

n Water a garden or other plants.

n Clean a private motor-vehicle or leisure boat.

n Fill or maintain a domestic swimming or paddling pool.

n Draw for domestic recreational use.

n Fill or maintain a domestic pond or ornamental fountain, except where fish or other aquatic animals are being reared or kept in captivity.

n Clean walls or windows of domestic premises.

n Clean paths, patios or other artificial outdoor surfaces.

You can still use a hose:

n Where use is necessary for human or animal health and safety reasons.

n In the course of a business to clean private motor vehicles, walls or windows of domestic premises, paths, patios or outdoor surfaces, where it is a service to customers

n To water a garden or plants on domestic premises if you have severe mobility problems or hold a current Blue Badge.

n To water grass or an artificial surface for sport or recreation in connection with a national or international sports event.

You can also use drip or trickle irrigation systems, fitted with a pressure reducing valve and a timer, which place water directly on or beneath the soil surface without surface run off or dispersion of water through the air.

Non-domestic horticultural or agricultural activity is exempt from the ban.