Two of the region's water firms have lifted their hosepipe bans. However, South East Water's ban remains. Meridian asked the firm why.
On the day two water companies announce restrictions are to be lifted, South East Water says it will keep it's hosepipe bans in place.
Two water companies have announced a lift on hosepipe bans in the South.
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.
This aerial picture shows that our countryside is parched. Amanda Piper has that story and today's other headlines.
The hosepipe ban for the South, which came into force at midnight, affects millions of householders across seven water company areas.
The Environment Agency says most reservoirs were now below normal levels and river flows were decreasing. It says two thirds of our rivers are experiencing exceptionally low water levels.
The water firms bringing in restrictions say they are investing significant resources in fixing leaks, but the Environment Agency wants them to do more. More than 3.3 billion litres a day was lost in leaks in 2010/2011, according to the regulator Ofwat.
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.
The valley of the River Bewl, on the Kent/Sussex border, shows the extent of the drought. Water levels are very low. Supplies from this area go to Thanet and Hastings.