Hosepipe ban confusion for caravan and motorhome owners

Motorhome and touring caravan users are seeking advice following the Environment Agency’s announcement that 17 counties in England are now in drought conditions – and could remain so until the end of the year.

The organisation’s ‘drought map’ has been extended to include new areas of the country, with areas such as Yorkshire, East Anglia, London and South East England already being affected by measures like hosepipe bans.

There is some confusion, however, as to whether the hosepipe ban being introduced will include a ban on filling up water supplies in caravans and motorhomes for domestic chores such as washing up and cooking, or for facilities such as toilets and showers. Thames Water, South East Water, Veolia and Anglian Water have deemed it acceptable, however other water authorities are still to confirm their stance.

If these activities are deemed illegal, offenders could receive a £1,000 penalty if they are caught filling up their motorhome’s water supply with a hosepipe. Activities that are definitely banned are watering the garden and filling up paddling pools.

Don’t forget, if you’re planning to take your caravan or motorhome away this year, Coast can insure your leisure vehicle against risks including theft, fire and accidental damage. To find out more, contact our UK based sales team on Freephone 0800 614 849 or visit our Quotation Page.