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Hosing down boats still permissible in drought 'for health & safety reasons'wash down boats during drought

The British Marine Federation (BMF) says that after discussions with Water UK - the body representing water companies throughout the UK - it has been determined that boaters can use hosepipes to wash down boats 'for health and safety reasons'. 
Seven companies – Anglian Water, South East Water, Southern Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Thames Water, Veolia Central and Veolia South East – have now announced hosepipe bans, under the Water Use (Temporary Bans) Order 2010.
'Health and safety' in this context includes removing or minimising any risk to human or animal health or safety, as well as preventing or controlling the spread of causative agents of disease.  

"The government recognises the importance of washing down boats to minimise the spread of invasive non native species", said a BMF spokesman. 

Tuesday 10 April  | Andrew Denny  | 11.45am, Tuesday 10 April 2012

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