The good, the bad and downright cheeky: How cunning Brits are BEATING (and flouting) the hosepipe ban– filling up pools from their baths, taking showers standing in buckets and using ’grey water’ from their sinks to water their plants
- As 30 million people across the UK face a hosepipe ban, savvy Brits are finding clever ways to get round it
- One woman was seen flouting the ban by attaching a hosepipe directly to her bath tap to fill a paddling pool
- Gardeners have been using dirty bath and dishwater to keep their gardens flourishing despite rising temps
- Others on social media called out authorities and organisations for continuing to water their green verges
More than 30 million people across the UK are facing hosepipe bans as temperatures continue to soar.
This means that hosepipes cannot be connected to a main hose pipe for any reason, including watering plants, filling paddling pools or washing cars.
But savvy Brits are finding hacks to get around the ban – while others are blatantly ignoring it with some even boasting about it on social media.
One woman on TikTok was seen to be breaking the ban by attaching her hosepipe directly to her bath tap.
She then proceeded to turn on the tap and run the hose to her outdoor paddling pool.
In the video the woman can be seen miming: ‘I am not allowed, I know I am not allowed.
‘I’ve done it now, it’s too bleeding late. What they going to do? What’s going to happen?
‘Are they going to shoot me? I doubt it, they’d have to catch me first. I’m like a whippet’.
Meanwhile in London a cheeky resident was caught filing up a large blue paddling pool using a public tap in St George’s Square, Pimlico.
Westminster Council said in response to the local’s hack that the water is for the shrubs and plants only.
It added: ‘We’d not advocate filling up pools or any other receptacle in our green spaces, especially during a heatwave.’
One cheeky Londoner decided to bring their paddling pool to St George’s Square in Pimlico, to use the council’s tap to fill it up. Westminster Council said that the water is to be used for plants and shrubs only. It added: ‘We’d not advocate filling up pools or any other receptacle in our green spaces, especially during a heatwave.’
Meanwhile gardeners across the country are finding ways to keep their precious plants hydrated.
On the latest episode of Gardeners’ World, Monty Don encouraged people to use ‘grey water’ to water their plants saying whether it’s from ‘washing up dishes or yourself is perfectly good on floral plants’.
He did, however, warn people to not use it on plants that grow food.
People on social media have already taken the advice.
Some people have been showering in a bucket to collect enough grey water to chuck on their plants while others are are draining the dirty water from their washing machines.
Other gardeners found managed to pump the grey water from their showers and their baths directly into a water butt outside.
More and more people are placing buckets beside their showers and sinks to collect dirty water after they wash themselves – and their dishes.
One savvy gardener managed to find away to pump used water out of the shower through a pipe out of the bathroom window which then leads into the outside water butt.
This mother-of-two revealed her sneaky hack on TikTok of emptying 150 litres of bath water into her water butt in her garden to keep her plants alive.
The video shows her pulling a hosepipe through the upstairs bathroom window and attaching it with string.
She then drains the bathwater through the pipe as her husband sucks the end of it to get the bath water flowing into the container downstairs.
In total, the dirty bath water was used to fill 15 watering cans.
The mum said: ‘I just had a lovely bath but there is a lot of water that I don’t want to waste.’
Dog owners affected by the ban are also taking steps to save as much water as possible when washing their pet pooches. While others took a more comedic approach to the ban pretending to stockpile on hosepipes ahead of the ban.
These three dogs shared a bath to reduce the amount of water their owner is using week on week during the drought.
Others have seen the more comical side to the hosepipe ban, pretending to stockpile hosepipes in their back gardens.
Some people across social media posted sketches of them snitching on their neighbours using their hosepipes – despite the ban.
In some areas across the UK people are being urged to snitch on anyone they see flouting the water restrictions.
Two women on TikTok were seen poking fun at the advice to snitch on the people who live next door.
The video shows a woman filling up her outside paddling pool with a hose, supposedly during the hosepipe ban.
Her nosey neighbour is then spotted peering out through her back door in her dressing gown, feeling the rule-breaker on her phone.
The snitch is seen saying ‘yeh I got you, I got you on camera. I got you on candid camera now’ at which point the paddling pool owner shoves the hose in her mouth.
While others in more northern parts of the country reveled in the fact they were not affected by the ban so can continue to make ‘cooling stations’ throughout the hot summer.
TikToker Jenny Davies shared a video of her partner finding her filling up the bath with gallon-sized bottles of water. He walks in on her and asks her why she has decided to fill up the bath with bottled water.
She replied: ‘Because of the hosepipe ban. There’s a hosepipe ban in place, we are not allowed to use our water because the hosepipes are connected to our water.’
The pair continued to debate what the ban meant for another minute, with the woman insisting the hose was connected to the house water supplies.
One amused follower said: ‘I do hope this was a skit.’
Another added: ‘Is this a joke? It can’t be genuine surely?’
This TikTok video went viral after a woman was ‘caught’ by husband filling up the bath with gallon sized bottles of water. When asked why she was not just using the tap she said: ‘Because of the hosepipe ban. There’s a hosepipe ban in place, we are not allowed to use our water because the hosepipes are connected to our water.’ Stunned viewers said they hoped it was a joke.
Hosepipe bans are currently in place across parts of the UK with more bans planned in the coming weeks.
Southern Water has already put a hosepipe ban in place for people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Welsh Water announced those in Pembrokeshire will not be able to use their hosepipes from Friday August 19.
South East Water also will introduce a hosepipe and sprinkler ban for Kent and Sussex from tomorrow.
In the coming weeks Thames Water, who provide water to over 15 million people, will also forbid the use of hosepipes and sprinklers.
Others hit out at local authorities for water parks and green spaces at a time when their residents are being told to reduce the amount of water they use every day.
Water companies, including Thames Water and Wessex Water also came under fire for not fixing leaks despite the ongoing water shortage.
Staff at Network Rail were spotted using a hosepipe to over railways and staff at London Bridge were seen spraying a hose over a buildings walls to clean them.
People have been calling out organisations for continuing to use a hosepipe despite upcoming bans across the country.