For more than 100 years villagers on the Isle of Wight have enjoyed free water - thanks to a deal struck in 1907 - but that could change.
The Managing Director of South East Water has defended a decision to keep the hospipe ban in place by saying his area is still in drought.
Despite the recent downpours, boreholes used to measure ground water in the Thames Valley are empty.
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Talks will take place to see if Scotland could provide water to the South East of England. With supplies in parts of the region under pressure, the UK Government has confirmed it is willing to discuss the issue with the Scottish Government. It comes after an offer of help from north of the border.
Even as some hosepipe bans are lifted, the South of England continues to face real issues with water supply, which look set to continue well into the future. Scotland has a plentiful supply of water. Although there are logistical issues, the project is feasible.
Thames Water, the UK's biggest water company, has said it could lifts its hosepipe ban sooner than expected after wet weather reduced the risk of drought. But South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water and Veolia Water Southeast have confirmed their hosepipe bans remain in place
Despite the recent downpours, bore holes across the Thames Valley are dry. Thames Water says some of its measuring stations are so dry that engineers cannot get a reading.
With water levels in chalk streams exceptionally low, the Environment Agency has declared further drought areas in our region. Now Dorset, parts of Hampshire and most of Wiltshire are affected. More details on this story later.