A stream of ‘endless leaks’ has left frustrated Kentians questioning the logic of a garden hose ban being enforced in large parts of the county today.

After weeks of dry weather and ahead of a scorching weekend, South East Water has imposed the restrictions until further notice.

Even amid 30C heat, the junction of Grosvenor Road and Faversham Road in Kennington is still wet with the leak

But with the ban now in place, locals in part of Ashford say it’s ‘maddening’ to see constant leaks ravaging the area.

One – at the junction of Grosvenor Road and Faversham Road in Kennington – has been ongoing for almost two weeks.

Angry resident Julie White, 60, said: “I have to water my plants with my dishwater.

“It’s probably not very good for them, but they’re going to die anyway.”

Renee Stolten, who runs a home-based beauty business, says endless leaks on the road are hurting her business.

“It’s been a pain for my business,” she said.

“I have pictures of my whole garden flooded and I had to tell my customers to park around the corner because of the flooding which caused the road to be closed.

“It’s crazy and frustrating. Normally our garden is green because it gets so much water.”

Neighbor Judy Steele says Grosvenor Road is like a patchwork with the number of quick fixes that have been made.

Julie White, 60, says she used dishwater to feed her plants amid trouble
Julie White, 60, says she used dishwater to feed her plants amid trouble

‘Part of the pipe is repaired but then the pressure goes to the next weakest point so it’s either this road and surrounding area or it affects Ulley Road,’ she said.

“You can see water puking on the road, and no one will take responsibility for it.

“We sit here in the winter and watch our fence panels rot.

“It’s literally a waste of water.”

Ms Steele added that along Faversham Road the water runs down a slope and into their gardens.

‘He’s heading to our neighbour’s driveway in Faversham Road and into our garden,’ she said.

“It’s a blame game because no one wants to claim responsibility.

“With the road being closed every other week or month, surely that’s not true? You could see water bubbling up on the concrete, which shows how solid it is.

“Waste is just disgusting.”

“It’s quite infuriating to see a leak right outside your window…”

Ms Steele says even in the midst of 30C heat the road is still wet from the leak.

“It’s really hot, but there’s still a puddle there, so it’s not an old leak that was just left,” she said.

“It’s fresh and it’s still going.”

Another resident says he feels so annoyed seeing the leak every day.

“It’s really frustrating because we’re doing our best to save water, letting plants die where they don’t matter, and seeing water constantly leaking at the same time just across the river. closure is quite frustrating,” they said. said.

Residents say this is just one of many leaks over the past few years on the road
Residents say this is just one of many leaks over the past few years on the road

“It’s just a constant waste of water. There is an ongoing problem.

“When we all take our responsibilities and we take it seriously, and the water company doesn’t seem to be, while sending emails telling us how important it is to conserve water, it’s It’s pretty infuriating to see a leak right outside your window go on constantly for two weeks.

“We know the weather has been extreme and the period has been extremely dry, and if a garden hose ban is needed, it is needed, but there is no excuse for constantly losing water there. where they could invest and do something.”

Another water leak has been spotted in Canterbury
Another water leak has been spotted in Canterbury
The leak can be seen covering part of Old Dover Road near the Spitfire Ground
The leak can be seen covering part of Old Dover Road near the Spitfire Ground

Despite the ban taking effect today, seven areas of the county are allowed to continue using hoses and sprinklers for the foreseeable future.

Affinity Water, which supplies homes along the east coast from Dungeness to Dover, including Folkestone, Hythe and surrounding rural communities, has promised not to impose garden hose bans for the rest of the year , but warned that rain would be needed to avoid action in 2023.

Parts of the Southeast where water restrictions are in place — and areas that have escaped so far
Parts of the Southeast where water restrictions are in place — and areas that have escaped so far

Thanet, Deal, Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey are also avoiding restrictions for now, all of which rely on Southern Water for waste and drinking water.

Elsewhere, Dartford and part of Sevenoaks – served by Thames Water – are not yet subject to a ban, but the company has confirmed it will introduce one in the coming weeks.

Any South East Water customer who ignores the ban faces a fine of up to £1,000, bosses say.

The company has been contacted for comment on the Kennington leaks.