Welsh Water have announced a hosepipe ban for parts of southern Wales that is expected to last “weeks”.
The ban will cover most of Pembrokeshire and a small part of Carmarthenshire, beginning on August 19. Welsh Water said it is under mounting pressure to maintain supplies after low rainfall during the driest year since 1976.
Residents will be prevented from watering their plants, washing their cars and cleaning their windows using a hose. Residents can apply to the water company for an exemption during a consultation period between August 10 and 17.
There are some existing exceptions, with people able to use a hosepipe to top up fishponds, fill a fountain used for religious practice or to water a new lawn within 28 days of it being laid.
The ban is the first to be introduced by Welsh Water since 1989. Anyone caught breaking the rules faces a fine of up to £1,000.