Hosepipe ban. Can I still wash my car?

Hosepipe ban.

Can I still wash my car?

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Hosepipe ban. Can I still wash my car?

Following the glorious UK summer weather where we have experienced temperatures of 30 degrees celsius, water reservoirs have been drying up.

The North West utility company United Utilities are imposing a ban from August 5 2018, other utility companies may follow.

We know that although inconvenient, you can still wash your car by using:

  • tap water to fill a bucket or watering can
  • grey water, which is water that’s been used before ie bath water
  • your own water supply such as a private borehole.

According to Uswitch using a bucket to wash your car will use 32 litres of water compared to between 400-480 litres with a hosepipe.

The main restrictions include:

  • Watering a garden and/or plants using a hosepipe
  • Cleaning a private car, van, motorbike, trailer, caravan or leisure boat using a hosepipe
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming pool, paddling pool or ornamental fountain
  • Cleaning walls or windows using a hosepipe
  • Using a water from a hosepipe for domestic recreational use
  • Cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe
  • Cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe.

For full details about what is and what isn’t included visit the United Utilities website Here you can also find for tips to save water & FAQs.

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