On Friday, 26 August, Jersey Water introduced a Hosepipe Ban (also known as a Temporary Use Ban) for all domestic customers.

Exemptions apply to all commercial and business customers and where there are justifiable human or animal welfare issues.

When water is used for commercial purposes, we request that it be used sparingly and carefully.

The purpose of the restrictions is to reduce demand for water from discretionary activities (for example, garden watering or car washing) and to preserve stocks for the autumn and winter if the drier weather continues to delay the natural recharge of groundwater, streams and reservoirs.

A hosepipe means anything designed, adapted or used to serve the same purpose as a hosepipe. This means that garden sprinklers and irrigation systems connected to the mains water supply are all considered hosepipes, with anything attached to them like pressure washers.

The hosepipe ban will remain in place for up to four months or until such time as Jersey Water gives notice of a relaxation of the prohibitions.

How does this affect you?

The hosepipe ban applies to every domestic customer whose water is supplied from the Jersey Water mains network.

The following uses are prohibited:

  1. 1. Watering a garden using a hosepipe;
  2. 2. Cleaning a private motor-vehicle (and trailers) using a hosepipe;
  3. 3. Watering plants on domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe;
  4. 4. Cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe;
  5. 5. Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool using a hosepipe;
  6. 6. Drawing water, using a hosepipe, for domestic recreational use;
  7. 7. Filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe;
  8. 8. Filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain using a hosepipe;
  9. 9. Cleaning walls or windows of domestic premises using a hosepipe;
  10. 10. Cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe;
  11. 11. Cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe.

Customers can still undertake the above activities if they use mains water from a bucket or watering can or use water that is not sourced from the mains such as grey water, rainwater from a water butt through a hosepipe, or private boreholes for example.

Using a hosepipe that is connected to a water butt or other recycled water storage system will not be restricted.

You may water your garden with tap water by hand, using a bucket, or with a watering can. You may also water your garden using greywater (i.e. from showers) or rainwater from a water butt through a hosepipe.

You can still wash your car(s) by hand using water from a bucket, or with a hosepipe which is connected to a rainwater or grey water source (e.g. bathwater or rainwater collected in a water butt).

Exceptions to the hosepipe ban.

There are eighteen exemptions to the domestic hosepipe ban. 

Please read the exceptions and definitions carefully.

If you meet any of the requirements in the exceptions, you can continue using water without having to contact Jersey Water to receive permission.

How long will the ban last?

It is likely that it will continue until such time as reservoir levels return closer to normal. We will keep the position under constant review.

How will the ban be enforced?

It is an offence to contravene this ban. The maximum penalty for each offence is £2,000.

We will, to a large degree, be relying on people’s goodwill in observing the restrictions. Where we observe non-compliance we will focus on informing and advising those who do not abide by the rules. We do have powers to prosecute in a situation where someone knowingly ignores the restrictions and will use these powers where we think it is justified and in line with the Water (Jersey) Law 1972

We will certainly look into cases where people tell us about hosepipe and water misuse.

We will then check to see if any exemptions are in place and take the appropriate action.

Water (Jersey) Law 1972 – Article 25. Power to prohibit or restrict temporarily use of water for non-essential purposes.

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