“14th March 2012
BSPF in dialog with DEFRA and the Water Authorities over a misunderstanding regarding activities that are prohibited during a hosepipe ban.
Following the issuing of a joint press release from a number of water authorities regarding Hose Pipe Bans, it has become apparent that some of their facts are incorrect. As a result the BSPF is in urgent talks with DEFRA to correct this error and ensure an updated message will be given out as soon as possible.
‘To clarify this point, Hot Tubs are not affected by the Hosepipe Ban but swim spas are…’
The BSPF acknowledges the issues being faces 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 suggesting that Hot Tubs are classified the same as swimming pools which is factually incorrect. To clarify this point, Hot Tubs are not affected by the Hosepipe Ban but swim spas are as they are considered to be swimming pools.
In terms of swimming pools, a pool under construction is not affected by the temporary water use ban however it is correct that existing domestic swimming pools cannot be topped up by a hosepipe. They can however be filled by a handheld device filled from a tap.
Note that although not covered in the legislation, swimming pool owners can buy water from companies that are permitted to transport it.
Until it has been possible to persuade the water authorities to amend their advice, it is important that the industry unites together and advise their customers accordingly.
Further information is available to SPATA & BISHTA members via fact sheets on the web site and you can keep an eye on the legislation as it develops using the following link: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2010/2231/article/8/made
For further information on swimming pools and Hot Tubs, please contact the British Swimming Pool Federation on 01264 356210.
Notes to editors:
1. For representatives from SPATA and BISHTA please contact Lana Suhova at BSPF on 01264 356 210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2. SPATA – The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association, is a member of BSPF, the British Swimming Pool Federation, Tel. 01264 356210 www.spata.co.uk
3. BISHTA – The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association, is a member of BSPF, the British Swimming Pool Federation. Tel. +44 01264 356211 www.bishta.co.uk“