I have 3 large water buts which I use to water the garden more than anything to save money on the water bill if i'm honest. During the current ban am I allowed to use a pump and a hose to water the garden?
As far as I know! Think the ban only applies to a hose connected to the mains water so I cant imagine a pump in a water butt being a problem - it's just another way of getting the water out rather than filling a can from it!
I would check with your local water supplier. My Dad told me of a man who used a hose pipe to drain the water from his bath to water his plants, this was during the last hose pipe ban, this man was still fined. Don't risk it without checking.
Here are the guidelines from Anglian water.
Although not specifically stated, I am pretty sure from the examples given, that a hosepipe with a trigger gun on the end, used solely to fill up watering cans, is OK.
Thanks for the above Gold1locks. It's pretty specific and answers all the previously posed questions.
Apoogies for the above mess. It obviously doesn't work to cut and paste from web sites.
Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! Well, that's cocked this thread up good and proper. Just discovered that cut and paste does not work like it does on the Beeb site, and there is no message preview sjo you can check before posting. I'll know next time.
They reckon you can in the article above - read from,What can hosepipes still be used for?............Or, read the full thing.
But if your still unsure, email your water company.
Here is a link to the drought Q&A's on the Southern Water website:
As far as I know, it is fine to use a hose attached to a water butt. The ban applies to hoses run from a mains water supply.
You could run a hose to syphon water from your bath, for instance, out of a window and onto your garden.
Several companies now produce pumps to take water from butts and distribute it via a hose, and these should be fine to use.