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.
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.
Sussex Police have launched a murder investigation after the death of a 17-year-old boy in Hastings. He was stabbed near a pub in the town. Police and ambulances were called to the Shah pub in Mount Pleasant Road just after 3.15pm after reports that a stabbing had happened.
Paramedics were unable to save the teenager's life.
Fire crews are tackling a blaze at the Manor Industrial Estate at Millbrook in Southampton. Two units on the ground floor of a 3-storey building are on fire. Around 20 firefighters have been called to the property and crews are still at the scene. There are no reports of any injuries.
You've been contacting us with your thoughts on the hosepipe ban.
Mark Ayrton from Portsmouth tells us: "I won't be trying to save anything. They're not going to cut my water bill, so if I pay for it - I'll use it."
Marc Holloway from Southampton says: "We have no leaks in our house, but pay through the roof for our water. We should be charging the water companies for their loss."
Kerry Coomber from Carterton adds: "We will be sharing baths - but I will make sure that I get to go first"
And, Sandra Penny from Gosport says: "We never waste water. We save it for the garden. Our fruit and veg comes first."
This aerial picture shows that our countryside is parched. Amanda Piper has that story and today's other headlines.
Water saving expert Jacob Tompkins spoke to Charlotte Wilkins about how to save water in the home.
A hosepipe ban is being brought in today by water companies in the South including Southern Water, South East Water, Veolia South East and Thames Water. The ban is being introduced because of a drought, and low water levels in reservoirs and aquifers.
Anyone who ignores the ban faces a fine of up to £1,000.