Jan. 16th, 2008

peterbirks: (Default)
I've never quite figured out this hosepipe thingy. As a soon-to-be owner of a garden, I just can't get my head round the restrictions that are or are not imposed.

Now, let me get this straight. At the moment the garden is wet. Soaking wet. I don't know where the water table is, but I'm fairly sure it's higher than usual. So, what does the government say? It says that I can use a hosepipe on the lawn as much as I like, soaking an already soaked ground and exacerbating the flood risk.

Now, go back 18 months or so. The grass is brown; the ground is cake-clay-hard. The poor old ground is dry as a bone and is crying out for water.

And what does the government do? It bans you from using hosepipes on the lawn, that's what.

I mean, surely it should be the other way round?

"We haven't got the water" they say.

Well, NMP, pal, 'cos I certainly haven't got it. And the water must have gone somewhere.....

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