Hosepipe ban lifted
Following the driest two years on record, Thames Water imposed a hosepipe ban on 5 April.
But then the heavens opened, delivering more than two-and-a-half times the average rainfall in April, steady showers in May and further monsoon-style downpours so far in June with more forecast. The ban has now been lifted.
Although the record spring rain has enabled Thames Water to fill up its reservoirs, water levels in the natural storage basins deep underground remain low.
To reduce water use, the council will:
- Flower beds: Use spot irrigation and drip irrigation systems to water flower beds – they use far less water than traditional hosepipes
- Watering parks: We will run trials with Royal Parks to find innovative methods of retaining moisture in grass instead of using hosepipes such as using green waste to retain moisture
- Council buildings: Continue to use water-saving devices at City Hall, Lisson Grove and Council House
- Paddington Recreation Ground: A 135m-deep borehole at Pad Rec was created after the last drought and will be used to water plants and shrubbery
- Leisure Centres: fitted water-saving showeheads and taps in leisure centres and public conveniences
- Work with Thames Water to help reduce leakage
Order a water butt
Reduced-price water butts are also available to Westminster residents - save £8
Causton St paddling pool
As we are no longer in drought, the paddling pool at Causton Street Gardens will now remain open.
How can I save water?
You can order free water saving devices from Thames Water:
- Water-saving showerheads
- Water-saving kitchen tap attachments
- Wash basin tap inserts
- Save-a-flush or Hippo bags to reduces water use in your toilet cistern
- Water gel for hanging baskets.
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