Definition of hosepipe ban in English:

hosepipe ban

noun

British
  • An official restriction on the use of hosepipes, imposed by a particular water company on its customers during a water shortage:

    ‘hosepipe bans are already in force across much of the South East’
    • ‘In the summer I feel there should have been a hosepipe ban.’
    • ‘They predicted that there would be no new hosepipe bans this year.’
    • ‘Today's report comes after two dry years in which eight companies imposed hosepipe bans.’
    • ‘The government had begun to panic about low water levels in April and May, and hosepipe bans combined with water restrictions were introduced.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, although Thames Water reported a drop in profits because of lower usage, millions were risking heavy fines by ignoring hosepipe bans to water their gardens and clean their cars.’
    • ‘Residents could find themselves under a hosepipe ban only weeks into the start of spring.’
    • ‘Most of the South-East will have a hosepipe ban in place by the start of April.’
    • ‘The worst affected area, however, is still the South East, where almost 13 million people are subject to a hosepipe ban.’
    • ‘The hosepipe ban does not cover any public gardens, parks or lawns where everyone has the right of access.’
    • ‘The existing hosepipe bans already cover private gardens.’
    • ‘Southern Water, already under a hosepipe ban, has been taking extra water from rivers to keep reservoirs moderately stocked.’
    • ‘Thames Water says there might be a hosepipe ban on account of there not being enough rain over the winter.’
    • ‘Even contemplating a hosepipe ban shows the depth of the crisis.’
    • ‘North Yorkshire householders were asked to cut down on watering their parched gardens, or face a hosepipe ban.’
    • ‘There's never a hosepipe ban in January.’
    • ‘This month she said they should start growing drought-resistant plants, put down plenty of mulch and not flout the hosepipe bans.’
    • ‘Neighbours have been reluctant to report each other for breaking hosepipe bans and only small numbers have called hotlines since water restrictions were brought in for millions of householders a week ago.’
    • ‘Either this sunshine stops - now - or we have a hosepipe ban this summer.’
    • ‘Although some hosepipe bans remained in force until the end of the year, the lengthy water shortage which had begun in November 2004 effectively ended in September.’
    • ‘Remember, during a hosepipe ban using the hose to wash your car is not permitted.’