Hosepipe bans are there to ban "unnecessary water use during water shortages".
I think with the rising population and pressures on the system there is always pressure.
Why would we ever want to allow "unnecessary water use". It's bizarre.
I wanted to check that there was no scientific justification for hosing that I had missed.
I think allotments could be exempt, but would say councils should do more to provide rainwater harvesting at their sites rather than a tap.
Thanks for mentioning watering systems, I forget to mention them.
Frankly, the majority of people out there do seem to be idiots when it comes to this sort of thing.
Sensible people do end up suffering (you could say the same about speed limits on the roads).
In the medium/long term people need to be paying for the water and damage they're doing.
Water meters should be compulsory.
Although I wasn't serious about wanting a permanent hosepipe ban, this is actually starting to make sense to me until the meters are fitted.
I'd like to see all utilities priced in an exponential curve.
This would allow all very efficient households to have the basic needs cheap.
It'd punish the wasters more and more the more they wasted.
However much people complain about the economy, the phrase "more money than sense" seems to apply to nearly everyone these days.
It riles me that I'm expected to pay my way and think about the environment while others (like my neighbours) p*** the water, electricity and gas away.