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Water Shortages

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 3rd May 2006.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government), Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the penalties are for a domestic householder breaking a hosepipe ban.

Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Minister of State (Climate Change and Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Breach of a hosepipe ban is an offence under section 76 of the Water Industry Act 1991. The maximum penalty on conviction in a magistrates court is a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

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