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Why we have the hosepipe ban

After two unusually dry winters left some groundwater supplies and rivers as low as in the drought year of 1976, seven water companies across southern and eastern England brought in hosepipe bans to combat drought.

But the restrictions introduced early in April were followed by record rainfall across the UK for that month, and more rain in May.

The latest drought briefing from the Environment Agency said the wet weather had significantly reduced the risk of drought.

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