Householders in the South are to be hit with the largest increase in water bills this year.
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.
Thanet Council today launched an inquiry into a massive sewage spill in June which saw tonnes of raw sewage pumped directly into the sea after a failure at the Foreness Point pumping station.
More than twenty beaches along 16 miles of the Kent coast were closed to swimmers this summer during the Jubilee holiday period.
Now, some local businesses are seeking tens of thousands of pounds in compensation. And it comes as another pumping station fails - this time in Sussex. With more on the story, our Correspondent Sarah Saunders.
Sarah Saunders spoke to Instructor Dave Melmouth, Independent Councillor Ian Driver from Thanet District Council and Paul Kent from Southern Water.
A public meeting will be held later to investigate why untreated sewage leaked from a water treatment facility, contaminating 16 miles of the Kent coastline.
Thanet District Council was forced to close 22 beaches after the leak from Southern Water's Foreness Point pumping station.
It's believed that the plant discharged the sewage into the sea after it failed to cope with heavy rainfall.
The Environment Agency and Southern Water will both be represented at the meeting, with business leaders calling on the company to provide compensation following the beach closures.
Southern Water and Thames Water have now lifted their hosepipe bans. The restrictions which have been in place since April were eased at midnight in response to the recent heavy rainfall and higher levels of water at reservoirs.
After two days of flooding it's hoped people can begin clearing up their homes in West Sussex today. Southern Water and Thames Water have both announced the end of their hosepipe bans.
The Environment Agency is investigating the second leak at the Foreness Point sewage pumping station in less than a week.
The facility is run by Southern Water. It's believed to have happened over night. More details later.
Beaches on the north-east Kent coastline are closed to swimmers for a fourth day after raw sewage was let out into the sea off Thanet when a pumping station broke down. The Environment Agency is currently carrying out tests on the water.
Southern Water says some beaches around Margate and Broadstairs could be opened as soon as this weekend.
The operation to reopen some of north Kent's beaches continues. Problems at a water firm's pumping station led to sewage being pumped into the sea. Beaches have been closed to the public since the weekend.