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Old 08 April 2006, 10:55   #51
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hosepipe ban

Surely flushing an outboard with hosepipe & muffs will use a lot less water than filling a dustbin from my outside tap & flushing the outboard in this???
My water is from a spring but I still had the moaning neighbour whinging at me using the hose to flush my engine in March!!
I am moving in May which will be on mains water unfortunately.
As there are conflicting reports on on this thread about flushing with a hose pipe.A name in a department saying its ok would be good in case of grief.
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If you comply with the spirit of the ban, using as little water as possible it is unlikely you would ever end up in court.

If you really are that bothered contact your water provider and get them to mark your account or write confirming your OK to do it. Its not that hard if you really are that concerned.
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Surely flushing an outboard with hosepipe & muffs will use a lot less water than filling a dustbin from my outside tap & flushing the outboard in this???
Why not use the water in the drum to fill your bath? H20 avec l'essence very aromatic!!!
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Old 09 April 2006, 05:56   #54
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Aparently the law they rely on was drawn up in the thirties when swimming pools and motor boats in your house were unheard of. Also unheard of was the pressure washer. So, LEGALLY, all the while you only have a hosepipe ban you can wash out your boat engine. I think washing the body of your boat may be a different matter but it seems you can do it wish a pressure washer.

Here is my hose pipe ban page http://www.poolstore.co.uk/ishop/691/shopscr453.html
Well according to one of the water companies website, you can't wash a car or a "caravan or trailer normally towed by a domestic car".

It didn't say anything about the 'load' on the trailer though - ie the boat! Not that I'm advocating wasting water or anything!

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Just phoned up my water company because the local news and Daily Mail say there is no hosepipe ban in Hampshire, where I live.
South East water say there is a hosepipe ban in my area. Both they and the Water Council for Southern england say I can't use a hosepipe to flush my outboard through. But I can fill my massive drum up and run the engine in that to flush it through. strange Hey.
Problem is I think the water companies are flexing there muscles a bit here. Wish I knew the law better.
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Old 25 May 2006, 09:05   #56
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Biggles,

Currently there is no hose pipe ban in Hampshire. Even if there was it is a very moot point as to whether you could not flush your engine. I would argue that you can.

Here is a good website: www.wateruk.org.uk

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Pete,

I've just been on to South east water, my supplier and they say I have a hosepipe ban. They checked my postcode. Their website says Basingstoke and Dean is one of the many areas they cover in Hampshire that does have a hosepipe ban.

If I am wrong, and i would like to be wrong, can you show me otherwise.
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Biggles,

I thought all of Hampshire was in the Southern Water region. In Southern Water only Sussex, Kent and the IOW are affected.

I guess there must be parts of Hampshire not covered by Southern Water.

We don't have a ban in Southampton.
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Part of Hampshire & some of West Sussex are served by Portsmouth Water who do not have a hose pipe ban in force at the moment.
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We have the ban in the Thames Valley, it simply means i have to wash the car with a watering can, however the thing i miss is blasting the wheel e.t.c with the hose pipe. So my car never look that clean.

The thing we have changed is we have got a water butt, and in one night when in rained it filled up so we use this for the garden. In-fact were off to get another one this weekend. Its funny really my grandad has always had one and its seems we are going back to the "old" methods in some instances.

So i feel we are doing our bit.

However when it comes to flushing out the engine - sod them just do it
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