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Hot tubs not affected by hose pipe bans

Posted on March 14, 2012 by , in 2. Hot Tubs & Gazebos

Following the issuing of a joint press release between a number of water authorities, the messages being given in the media are inaccurate compared to current legislation and so the British Swimming Pool Federation (BSPF) are in urgent talks with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to ensure the correct messages are given out by water authorities.

The BSPF acknowledges the issues being faced by a number of water authorities who are experiencing lower than average rainfall patterns for the last number of years. However the introduction of the temporary Water Use Ban (Hosepipe Ban) appears to have led some of the water authorities to suggest that hot tubs are classified the same as swimming pools which is factually incorrect.

In fact, hot tubs are not affected by prospective hosepipe bans and will still be allowed to be topped up and refilled even under a ban.

 For current information about relevant legislation click here.

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  1. Peter J Honour, March 21, 2012:

    I phoned Thames water and asked if I can fill a hot tub during the hosepipe ban. She just read out the standard statement that states swimming and paddling pools cannot be filled. I asked about a hot tub and she had no answer. Went away and left me dangling on the phone – which I shut down! Never called back. So I assume they havnt a clue -and YOUR advice is correct. If I do have a water inspector visit me – I will refer him to your interpretation of this inconsistent and badly worded law. So I hope you are right!!!

  2. HotSpring Hot Tubs, August 17, 2012:

    We were relieved that hot tubs weren’t affected. All of our customers were worried about getting fines, there was not enough clear information about what was banned and what wasn’t.

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