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Old 03 April 2006, 17:18   #1
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Hosepipe Ban

Maybe Im telling you something you already know but here in Oxfordshire we have just been subjected to a Thames Water Hosepipe Ban. I telephoned them today and was told that it IS LEGAL to use a hosepipe to flush out your Outboard Motor with fresh water after using it in salt water.
For the Caravanners/Campers among you it is also legal to fill up your water tank with a hosepipe too.
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Maybe Im telling you something you already know but here in Oxfordshire we have just been subjected to a Thames Water Hosepipe Ban. I telephoned them today and was told that it IS LEGAL to use a hosepipe to flush out your Outboard Motor with fresh water after using it in salt water.
For the Caravanners/Campers among you it is also legal to fill up your water tank with a hosepipe too.
Martyn
i wound'nt give a fuk wether they sed it was ilegal any way if my outboard needs flushing out
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I feel a Political debate approaching
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no political debate just if you pay for the water then u use it
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Cheers Noddy-that's set my mind at rest, I'm just about to de-winterise my engine (looks shamefully at the floor and mutters excuses about moving house)
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no political debate just if you pay for the water then u use it
Totally agree .

No real investment to reservoir capacity in this area for years, saw a spoksman on TV saying that it will take up to 15 years to increase the size of reservior's to meet demand .
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I'm not sure we need to increase reservoir capacity-just sorting out the amount that pisses down the drain as leaks in the Thames Water area would probably sort it out.
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Don't know why they bother everyone will come down here shortly and use up our water , then we will have a ban and have to fill the paddling pool illegaly because the traffic jam is too long to get to the beach .

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Well I was only trying to help!! Was just trying to put your nosey neighbours' noses out of joint when they report you. Sorry for spoiling your fun those that were going to flush out anyway but you are legal so no point in being a rebel!
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I can post you some snow if it helps. Still have plenty!
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we've had 33 inches of percipitation since january 1st. no bans here. just feels good to have the rivers back in their banks.
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According to our weather stations at work, we've had more rain between Jan and now, than this time last year

BBC Wales news lastnight said that the reservoirs here are at 92% or something, which I assume to be a good thing.

If you are on water meter, are you still subjected to hose pipe ban?

You don't have to use a hosepipe to flush out your engine - fill a very large dustbin instead, just get a few buckets and fill em up in the bath, take them out and slowly fill up the dustbin

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We looked into this a while ago. Not flushing the outboard was concidered to be a risk to the safety of the vessel and it was felt therefore acceptable to flush using a hopsepipe, provided it was not left running unattended. Washing the boat down was not acceptable.
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if you get all the hosepipes from the ban area and join them together should reach you and you can then flush out ok,you can borrow me tap as iam not on a meter

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My engine needs a lot of flushing. The exhaust and tell tale are coulped to a pipe leading to a spinkler in the garden. I am not directly watering my garden.
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Thanks Noddy. I reckon everyone had wondered, but no-one wanted to ask in case the answer was no.

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Well I was only trying to help!! Was just trying to put your nosey neighbours' noses out of joint when they report you. Sorry for spoiling your fun those that were going to flush out anyway but you are legal so no point in being a rebel!
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Load of bo**cks....

Being in the swimming pool trade this hose pipe ban is of great interest to us.

A HOSE PIPE ban applies to watering your garden and washing your car. It does not apply to filling or topping up a swimming pool. So I would argue that you can flush your engine out.

A DROUGHT ORDER is a different matter that cuts out all non essential use so you could argue that means no flushing. Only

Mid-Kent Water
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Have applied for Drought Orders but they dont start until 1st May.

The water companies like the consumer to think they can not hose pipes for anything but delve deeper and you will find the truth!
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Being in the swimming pool trade this hose pipe ban is of great interest to us.

A HOSE PIPE ban applies to watering your garden and washing your car. It does not apply to filling or topping up a swimming pool. So I would argue that you can flush your engine out.

A DROUGHT ORDER is a different matter that cuts out all non essential use so you could argue that means no flushing. Only

Mid-Kent Water
Southern Water
Sutton and East Surrey Water

Have applied for Drought Orders but they dont start until 1st May.

The water companies like the consumer to think they can not hose pipes for anything but delve deeper and you will find the truth!

What happens if you then decide to use the water from your pool to water the garden with using a pump or gravity feed through a hosepipe? Then you decide next week you will fill the pool again .........
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