A HOSEPIPE ban is being enforced from 6am tomorrow (Friday) in rural Cheshire for the first time in 14 years.

United Utilities has imposed the ban for millions of its customers throughout the northwest.

The ban will restrict the use of hosepipes and sprinklers for watering private gardens and cars. Businesses, public gardens and parks will be unaffected by the ban.

United Utilities has warned that those caught flouting the ban will face a £1,000 fine.

United Utilities has told its customers they can continue watering their gardens with a watering can and washing cars using a bucket and sponge. These method only use a fraction of the amount of water a hosepipe or sprinkler uses.

In Cheshire those who live outside Chester will be restricted by the ban whereas those in the city who are Dee Valley water customers will be able to continue using their hosepipes.

John Sanders, United Utilities water regulation and strategy manager, said: “Despite some recent rainfall in the north of the region, reservoir levels are still significantly lower than we would expect at this time of year and are now at a point where we need to impose some temporary restrictions on our customers.

“It is not a decision we have taken lightly, but a hosepipe can use as much water in an hour as a family of four would use in one day. This ban will help us to safeguard essential water supplies to our customers if the drought continues.”

Who is affected?

Villages on the Chester and Welsh border affected include Kelsall, Tarvin, Hargrave, Handley, Tattenhall, Threapwood, Malpas and Crewe-by -Farndon. All areas in Cheshire to the East of the above villagers will be banned from using a hosepipe.

Parts of Saughall, Mollington and all of Helsby will have the ban and all areas to the north of these villages.

Whereas areas in Chester and surrounding villages including Christleton, Rowton, Pulford and Saighton will not have the ban.