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Hosepipe ban Lifted for householders in the North West

This latest update comes with some welcome good news. 

The work we have been doing to conserve water supplies and abstract water from other sources combined with the help from customers in reducing their own usage as well as the recent rainfall and slightly cooler temperatures means we are now in a position to call off the hosepipe ban planned for this weekend.

This decision has been taken in the context of the improved position in our water resources and not wanting to inconvenience customers for a moment longer than is necessary. However, the long range forecast from the Met Office is one of relatively dry weather into the autumn, so future restrictions are still a possibility if more rain doesn’t arrive and if we see a significant increase in demand.

We are continuing to step up our response with our leakage teams working 24 hours a day to find and repair as many leaks as possible.  Our operational teams are out and about much more than usual making interventions such as installing new pumping stations, pumping between reservoirs, bringing ground water sources into use and prioritising maintenance to help ensure supplies are not interrupted during this prolonged dry spell.

As you would expect, we are working closely with the Environment Agency in monitoring the situation to ensure we have enough water in supply right across the region while balancing the needs of customers and the impact on water sources and the local environment.  We are still urging customers to help us by using water wisely where they can.

Hosepipe ban on the way for householders in the North West

We’ve all been enjoying the lovely, hot weather but the lack of rain and high demand for water means our reservoirs are now lower than we’d like them to be at this time of year.

That’s why a hosepipe ban will be introduced across the North West from 5th August 2018. This means householders won’t be allowed to use either a hosepipe or sprinkler as these use an incredible amount of water.

We know hosepipe bans can be inconvenient but by taking these steps now, we can make sure we have enough water for more essential things like drinking, washing and cooking.

You can find everything you need to know about the introduction of a hosepipe ban at including:

  • Our address checker to see when the ban will be introduced in your area.
  • Full details about what is and isn’t included in the hosepipe ban.
  • Our question and answer document which gives more details on what you can and can’t do.

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We’d like to remind everyone to stay hydrated during the warm weather by drinking plenty of water as well as helping to save water in other ways – even before the ban starts.

Saving water is really easy – don’t use hosepipes and garden sprinklers to water gardens, as they use huge amounts of water.  Use a watering can instead, or even better, reuse any water from the home such as water from washing up bowls, it won’t harm your grass or plants and every little bit really will help!

For more ways to save water visit our tips page on, where you can also order FREE water saving gadgets to help save the amount of water you use.

Forthcoming Attraction – Mumbo Jumbo Live Music in Hornby Insititute

Coming to Hornby Institue  Friday 21st September 7.30pm

Oliver Carpenter, Chris Lomas and Phil Bond – aka Mumbo-Jumbo – deliver eclectic, acoustic close harmony, multi instrumental piano led music, intimate and entertaining interaction with audiences and bring the fun back into live performance. Twice shortlisted in the British Blues Awards, but it’s not really blues!

“Managed to catch these guys again at the Hanwell Hootie festival. Their live act just gets better and better. Three top musicians at the top of their game having serious fun – and in front-man Oliver Carpenter they have one of the best exponents of stage-craft in the business. It was a delight watching them effortlessly turn a nice pleasant cheerful audience into a mad shouty hooting rabble demanding encores. Smart lyrics and pin sharp arrangements combine to provide wonderful thoughtful and amusing entertainment. Make sure they are on your summer hit list!” Peter Elliott

Flower Club – A Flower Farmers Story

We finished in June with a get- together enjoying fresh cakes, a quiz on garden and wild flowers which was followed by a short AGM when we looked at the future programme.   A vote of thanks was given to Liz (from the Flower Bank) for all the help and support she has given to the club over the years especially during the Flower Festival .  We wish her well in her new ventures.

New beginnings seemed the order of the evening and we were able to give a warm welcome to  Vicky who has recently taken over the Flower Bank from Liz.  As newcomer we were able to pick her brains  and she has put forward  a number of good ideas including being our new treasurer!.

We are taking a break and resume again  on the 20th September at 7.30pm in Hornby Institute when our guest demonstrator will be Ann Morgan an area NAFAS demonstrator from Morecambe.

I hope the sun continues to shine on you and look forward to seeing you in September.

The Hornby Singers

This has been a good year for us as we have a steady group of about 25 who meet each Tuesday at 7.00pm in Hornby Institute for the opportunity to sing together.  The group sees itself as a community choir with singers who have been in choirs for many years and others with very little singing experience.

We enjoy the challenges set by Dan our musical director, singing in two part harmony (well most of the time) and we were very fortunate in July to take part in the Clitheroe Festival of Choirs which featured choirs from around the area singing in many venues and in the open air.  Fortunately the weather was magnificent.

Our next outing will be in October when we  are part of The Big Sing at the Platform in Morecambe.  This is an annual event where choirs from the region sing to each other  and it is wonderful to hear the talent we have in the North West.  We have a couple of other concerts planned but more about that next time.

We don’t have any meetings in August but resume again on the 4th September in the Institute.  We would be delighted to see you, pop in a see/hear what we do or for further information call Pat on 015242 21449.