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