Hosepipe ban announced for parts of Wales amid driest year since 1976

Welsh Water has announced a hosepipe ban for parts of South Wales that is expected to last for “weeks”.

The ban will cover most of Pembrokeshire and a small part of Carmarthenshire from August 19. Welsh Water said it was under increasing pressure to maintain supplies after poor rainfall in the driest year since 1976.

Welsh Water is the third water company in the UK, following Southern Water and South East Water, to announce a hosepipe ban this summer.

Residents are prevented from watering their plants, washing their cars and cleaning their windows with a hose. Residents can apply to the water company for an exemption during a consultation period between August 10 and 17.

There are some existing exceptions where people can use a hose to fill up fish ponds, fill a fountain for religious practice, or water a new lawn within 28 days of installation.

The ban is the first introduced by Welsh Water since 1989. Anyone found breaking the rules could face a fine of up to £1,000. Hosepipe ban announced for parts of Wales amid driest year since 1976

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