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UK: Hosepipe Ban - implications for leisure boating

By Sue Richards last modified Mar 22, 2012 09:49 AM

Published: 2012-03-22 09:49:57
Topics: Environment
Countries: United Kingdom

The RYA is consulting with a number of water companies, as well as Defra (Dept. for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and the Environment Agency on the possible implications of the imminent hosepipe ban on leisure boating.

Seven water companies in the south and south east of England have announced that they will enforce a hosepipe ban from 5 April 2012. These are: Southern Water, South East Water, Thames Water, Anglian Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East.

Caroline Price, RYA Planning & Environmental Advisor “Our key concern with the hosepipe ban is the possible impact it may have on dinghy sailors and powerboaters who regularly move their boats to different waters by trailer.

“The UK has been invaded by a number of non-native species, the killer shrimp being one, which can present a serious risk to native flora and fauna. Hosing down boats before they are moved to another location in order to remove any non-natives that may have "climbed aboard" has been fundamental in minimising their spread across the country."

Read more at the RYA Website.

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