Home Household machines My genius hack using a household appliance allows me to water my garden and avoid the £1000 garden hose ban fine

My genius hack using a household appliance allows me to water my garden and avoid the £1000 garden hose ban fine


A LADY has found a brilliant way to water the grass in her garden WITHOUT having to use a garden hose.

The garden hose ban affects around two million households – and you could be fined £1,000 for using one in your garden or to wash your car.


Garden hose ban means you can’t use one in your garden without accepting a hefty fineCredit: Getty

South East Water has confirmed a ‘temporary use ban’ covering Kent and Sussex from today.

South East Water, which lost 88.7million liters of water a day to leaking pipes last year, will be the second UK water company to announce a hosepipe ban this summer.

Southern Water recently announced a ban affecting nearly one million of its customers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The ban prohibits the use of garden hoses to water gardens or clean cars and ornamental ponds and private swimming pools cannot be filled.

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But a shrewd lady has found a way out of the ban.

Posting to the Family Lowdown Tips and Ideas Facebook group, she said:

“My husband fixed the issue of no garden hoses being allowed for our garden, so now we have water dripping all over the grass.

“Clever guy, he undid the hose of the washing machine so that the water went into the garden instead of flowing out a little.

And the commentators went wild too, with one post: “Great idea!”

However, be careful with this hack – it might not be the most eco-friendly.

A spokesperson for the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering told The Sun: “Using water from a washing machine in a garden is not good practice.

“It has a lot of chemicals in the water and it could run off into the groundwater or nearby streams, which is why they’re connected to a foul sewer in the first place.

“In addition to the fact that we wash a lot of dirty clothes, such as work clothes contaminated with things like oil, etc., this hack could easily spread germs and bacteria, which we just escaped from!

“When the water is recycled it has been filtered, that does not happen here so environmental friendliness and the spread of germs/bacteria is paramount.

“We should all now take water shortages much more seriously because this event is what we will face even more in the future.”

You also want to avoid breaking your machine if you can help it – that could be an expensive fix, and machines suck enough money in bills as is.

How do I calculate the price of my machine?

Each appliance is labeled from A to G to determine its energy efficiency, with A being the most and G the least.

You can check the information pack that came with the item or search for the model online to find their rating.

You should also research the number of kilowatt hours (kWh) the device uses per year to determine exactly how much it costs to operate.

A kWh of electricity currently costs 28 pence per unit, so multiply the annual kWh usage figure by 0.28 to get the cost of energy consumption.

For example, if your washing machine uses 150kWh per year, you multiply 150 by 0.28 to get 42. So the machine costs £42 per year to run.

Also always read your instructions to find out how your machine works – it could also tell you what NOT to do.

Never get involved if you are unsure of how it works.

What other ways are there to water the grass without a hose?

There are always plenty of simple hacks along the way.

Use a watering can for one – all you have to do is fill it from the tap.

And if you have a wading pool, use the excess water when you drain it to water the grass.

Wading pools can be quite expensive as-is, so be sure to use them in the most cost-effective way possible.

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