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.Read the full story ›
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 has come into force over much of the South today. Here some tips on how to save water.Read the full story ›
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.
Southern Water has applied for a one-month extension to a drought permit to help refill the South East's largest reservoir at Bewl.Read the full story ›
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.
The region's second driest year on record is leading to a hosepipe ban in some areas.Read the full story ›