Hosepipe Ban Disabled People
5th April 2012 – The current hosepipe ban is effecting those in the South and East of England – hitting approx 20 million customers. Those that ignore the ban face fines of up to £1000.
Although there are no specific laws water companies have made exceptions for the disabled. If you have a blue badge then you are except and are allowed to use a hosepipe – only for watering the garden.
The hosepipe ban for disabled people where they are allowed are more likely based on the fact that those with a disability would find it difficult to carry buckets and water cans (or as advised use waste washing water) out to their garden.
However the exception is only for watering a garden and should not be abused. If you do have family members or friends that are able to carry buckets and follow the hosepipe ban guidlines then this should be done.
The ban is in place due to this March being the driest on record (since 1910) and increasing concerns that water levels will drop further.
Main source: BBC News
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