Thursday, 15 March 2012

What is the Point of a Hosepipe Ban?
The southeast of England is now officially in a drought and restrictions on the use of water by private individuals will be introduced shortly.

The following information comes from the BBC

Seven water companies across south and eastern England, covering about 20 million people, are introducing hosepipe bans from Thursday, 5 April 2012.

Map: Areas with hosepipe bans, Spring 2012
What does a hosepipe ban mean?
Hosepipe bans, officially called Temporary Use Bans, ban 11 things in the home:
  • watering a garden using a hosepipe
  • cleaning a car using a hosepipe
  • watering plants using a hosepipe
  • cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe
  • filling or maintaining a swimming or paddling pool
  • drawing water with a hosepipe for "recreational use"
  • filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe
  • filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain
  • cleaning walls or windows with a hosepipe
  • cleaning paths or patios with a hosepipe
  • cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe.
People found breaching the terms of the ban risk being prosecuted and fined up to £1,000.

But what is the point of banning domestic use of hosepipes when Lloyds Bank Group in Aylesbury has been running water down the drain at the rate of 
2 litres/minute for at least five weeks?


So far they have wasted at least
100,800 litres


To put this in bankspeak:

This is an APR of
1,048,320 litres

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