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Nearly 140 people reported for flouting Northern Ireland hosepipe ban

Around 140 people have been reported for flouting the hosepipe ban in Northern Ireland, NI Water has confirmed.

The hosepipe ban, which only applies to domestic properties, took effect at 6pm last Friday.

The ban appealed to people to not use water for washing cars and gardens or filling pools.

NI Water's chief executive Sara Venning told BBC Radio Ulster it had spoken to around 140 people.

If someone does feel the need to break the ban, it is about talking to people, approaching them and explaining to people about why it is important," Ms Venning said.

"We have approached people, we have had some reports of the ban being broken and what we have done is we speak to the people, we explain what we are doing and the response on the whole has been very positive.

"They have said thanks for letting me know and they have stopped.

"We have been out to just under 140 people who have been reported to us.

"What we do is our teams have gone out, our operatives have gone out and spoken to those people, and we have had a good response."

It is understood no further action has been taken against anyone who has defied the hosepipe ban.

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