Free water deal could end soon

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.

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Hosepipe ban introduced

A hosepipe ban has been introduced for the first time in six years across the region. It's being imposed because of a lack of rain.

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Tips to save Water

A hosepipe ban has come into force over much of the South today. Here some tips on how to save water.

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Water could be on the way from Scotland

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.


Sheep at Ramsgate didn't have access to water

Hundreds of sheep being transported from Ramsgate to France didn't have access to drinking water according to the RSPCA because of a faulty pump on board their lorry.

Campaigners have been protesting against live animal exports from the Kent port which started last year.

It comes after more than a million people signed a petition campaigning for better conditions for livestock. It was handed in to the European Commission in Brussels today. The petition is calling for an 8 hour limit for livestock being transported across Europe.

Water firms told to tackle leaks

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.


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