Hosepipe ban to start

A HOSEPIPE ban will come into force in Daventry next month, and those breaching it could face a £1,000 fine.

Anglian Water said this week a temporary ban will begin on April 5, the first imposed in more than 20 years.

The ban will be put in place for domestic customers, but not for business owners, and anyone who breaches the ban could be fined up to £1,000.

Peter Simpson, managing director of Anglian Water, said: “We believe this is the most sensible and responsible action to take to help safeguard customer supplies for this year, next year and beyond.”

The East Midlands region, including Northamptonshire, has experienced its driest 18 months for a century and customers are being asked to save water when they can.

Mr Simpson added: “Along with lots of rain, what we need most is common sense. This is one of those times when everyone needs to pull together and help save water.”