On Tuesday 25th April 2023, we will be extending our current hosepipe ban to cover most of Devon.
From this date, you will not be permitted to use a hosepipe for non-essential use. Please note, if you are a registered Blue Badge holder, you are exempt from these restrictions.
To find out if your property is included within the Hosepipe ban area, please visit our online postcode checker here.
Our region remains in drought
Since last summer, our region has been in drought. Low rainfall and high demand have stopped our reservoirs from recovering to levels we would usually see going into the summer. Roadford Lake, our main reservoir in Devon, remains around 27% lower than this time last year, despite the recent rain. To see our latest reservoir levels, please visit our website here.
To ensure that we can continue to deliver high quality water to all our customers, it is necessary to introduce this ban now to help reduce demand over the coming months.
Managing our water resources together
We have been working hard to manage our water resources to ensure we have a safe and resilient supply of water for all our customers. Our teams have been out finding and fixing leaks whilst we have also been looking at new water resources – from disused quarries to desalination plants. We know there is still more to be done and we are working hard to do all we can. To find out more about what we’re doing, please find out more here.
We also appreciate your efforts to help Save Every Drop and we continue to offer everyday tips and support to save water at home, across local businesses, and for visitors to Devon and Cornwall. We are also offering free water saving devices – find out more here.
Chief Customer and Digital Officer
South West Water