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.
A seventy thousand pound scheme to upgrade a water main in Canterbury is to get underway later this month.
South East Water is to replace three hundred and thirty metres of water main in Whitstable Road to reduce the number of bursts and improve water pressure for customers in the local area.
– James Smith, South East Water
This project is an important part of our continued investment in the water infrastructure across our region to ensure we continue to supply Canterbury with top quality water. “I would like to thank the local residents and motorists for their support and patience during the work and reassure them that the team will be doing all they can to minimise any inconvenience.”
Construction is due to begin on Monday 23rd July 2012 and is expected to be completed by 28th September 2012.
Work will take place between the junction of Whitstable Road and University Road and a point outside St Edmunds School.
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.
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.
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.