The HTA has written to DEFRA secretary of state Margaret Beckett in an effort to have hosepipe ban legislation amended.
HTA director-general David Gwyther said: “The legislation on hosepipe bans is outdated and pays no heed to there having been changes in watering technology. There are also a number of anomalies in the original Water Act 1991 that need correcting — that you can fill a swimming pool with a hosepipe but you can’t water plants in the garden, for instance.
“We want to persuade Mrs Beckett to have a look at that legislation again and change the implementation of it because it is far more damaging to the garden industry than it need be.”
The action points of the HTA’s campaign are as follows:
* Consultation with the gardening industry before any ban is introduced
* Clear consultation methods for the ending or escalation of a ban
* An exemption for professional landscapers and drip irrigation systems or timed water systems in the initial stages of a ban, but a ban on the filling of private swimming pools with a hose
* Water companies to promote water collection devices and the use of grey water
* Consistency on what is allowed and what is prohibited
* Compensation for those who lose sales because of a ban.
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