A startling statistic reveals one in every six litres of water is lost before it even reaches our taps. Last year, Anglian Water, who supply the bulk of the east, spent £14million fixing leaks but they still didn't manage to hit their targets.
Veolia Water Central - which covers Herts, Essex, Beds and Bucks - has announced it is lifting its hosepipe ban with immediate effect.
Three of the UK's biggest water companies have lifted hosepipe bans which have been in place since April.
The Environment Agency says the recent wet weather has greatly reduced the risk of drought and widespread water restrictions this summer.