I believe that the hosepipe ban imposed by the seven water companies in the south east will have a serious impact on the hundreds of small businesses working in the landscape industry in the south east.
Whilst we all understand the seriousness of the drought, the blanket ban imposed by Thames Water and others means that from 5 April, hosepipes cannot be used to water newly installed planting, turf and seeded areas. If you have not yet fully considered the implications of this, I have outlined my concerns in my letter of appeal (see below) and I am asking for a discretionary period for new garden installations.
All the water companies have a consulting period where representations or appeals can be made. The deadline for representations for Thames Water is 21 March (in writing to: Public Consultations Team, 2nd East, Thames Water, Clearwater Court, Reading, RG1 8DB - or by email to email@example.com). Check your water company for their deadlines and addresses.
I urge LJN members in the south east affected by this (there must be hundreds) to write to their water companies (please feel free to adapt my letter for your own business case if it helps). If there are enough people appealing and asking for a discretionary period, maybe our voices will be heard.
As an open association LJN is a voice in the industry and actively supports small businesses - a letter from LJN on behalf of its members in the south east may carry more weight. Strength in numbers?
So clients CAN continue with the watering, doesn't have to be landscapers, is what Richard Aylard says. That makes sense.
Hi MP GD
It's hard to navigate but I eventually found it ! http://www.thameswater.co.uk/waterwisely/exemptions.htm
Marie-Plews Garden Design said:
I couldnt see anything on Thames water's web site either; neither could I get through on the phone and actually they havent contacted me with instructions for procedure -
so I'm giving my clients a letter confirming that we've planted; with date of the work, so they can wave that around if anyone asks (we have a copy obviously)
thanks Mark :-} good work!
not that I'm sure I'm much wiser - as in we still dont have clarity on how we should approach this, ie notify thames before/ after ; which department to notify/ blah, blah
or did I not read a bit I should have done? (wouldnt suprise me)
The way I read it is that we don't need to do anything in terms of notifying and checking,otherwise it would have said so.I've already told one of my customers to hose away on his newly seeded lawn tonight.If anyone says anything I'll point them to the website.
Hosepipe ban set to be lifted 'sooner rather than later' for Thames Water customers