Thames Water will not exempt turf from bans as all seven water companies exclude drip irrigation

Thames Water has said it will not exempt from the hosepipe ban people watering newly laid turf for its first 28 days on the ground.

The move will put extra strain on landscapers this year - image: Morguefile
The move will put extra strain on landscapers this year - image: Morguefile

Unlike South East Water and Southern Water, which have agreed an exemption, the company said it had no plans to extend dispensations for newly laid turf.

Other utility firms are still consulting on possible exemptions, which are due to come into force in early April. The Thames Water consultation ended last week.

HTA policy manager Gary Scroby said: "We’ve not seen an official notice but this is disappointing for our members and colleagues in the Turfgrass Gowers’ Association.

"Without that particular exemption it will be an even tougher season. There are serious commercial ramifications for some small and medium sized businesses."

Current Thames Water exemptions cover people with severe mobility problems holding Blue Badges, those using drip irrigation and car-washing and window-cleaning businesses.

Meanwhile, in better news for the industry, all water companies implementing bans form 5 April will exempt drip watering systems.

This means that Sutton & East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East have come into line with Thames, South East, Anglian and Southern Water companies.

BALI is encouraging members to add their voice to the lobby by sending their template letter to their local water company /member of parliament.

Download the BALI pro-forma letter here.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Sargent's solutions - how to attract the best staff for your business

Sargent's solutions - how to attract the best staff for your business

There are ways to find quality candidates for horticultural jobs if you widen your search parameters, Alan Sargent suggests.

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

IoG Saltex 2017 - Kit showcase

Mowers, turf care, battery equipment, seeds, arboriculture kit and weed control will all see a wide range of new releases at Saltex, Sally Drury reports.


Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

IOG Saltex

Get set for IoG Saltex 2017 with our comprehensive show guide and exhibitor info.

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.

Products & Kit Resources

BALI National Landscape Awards 2016

Read all about the winning projects in the awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.

Noel Farrer

Founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates Noel Farrer on landscape and green space
 

Read Noel Farrer