DON'T get caught out by the hosepipe ban or you could end up with a hefty fine – or even prosecution.
That's the advice from partner Rafael Ruiz at leading Essex law firm Birketts as seven water companies across the region have introduced temporary bans.
This news means we are banned from using a hosepipe connected to a mains water supply for watering the garden, filling ponds or cleaning outdoors.
However, what some people may not know is that there are a couple of exemptions to the ban.
The first exemption says you can use a hosepipe to clean walls, windows, paths, patios and outdoor surfaces if, for safety reasons, you are doing it to remove a health risk. For example, if you need to clear dangerous, slippery moss from your decking.
The second one allows people who use hosepipes in the course of their business to carry on doing so. So you can pay a gardener to sort out your garden, or a window cleaner to clean your windows, – you just can't do it yourself. As long as you are paying for their services – and they are not your employee – then it is allowed.
So your gardener or window cleaner might find they have a longer list of jobs to do for you this summer.
Birketts takes its green responsibilities seriously and is once again sponsoring the Green category of the Essex Business Excellence Awards.