Can I fill my water butt with a hose during the hosepipe ban?

I know it may sound like a strange question but I had heard that some people were re-filling their water butts with a hosepipe during the ban.

So to clarify things I gave United Utilities a call and they say that no you cannot use a hose to fill your water butt or to fill a watering can or bucket.

However, you can fill your watering can from a cold water tap either in the house or outside.

They also confirmed that it was OK to top-up your garden pond or feature using a hose.

I never thought I would hear myself¬† say this but ….. we need some rain!