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Customers will no longer be able use their hosepipes for watering their gardens, washing cars or boats, hosing down patios and paths and filling swimming pools, ponds, fountains and paddling pools. Public parks and allotments will also be hit.
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman on the hosepipe restrictions:
More information on the restrictions imposed by the seven water authorities can be found on their websites:
The Director of Thames Water, Richard Aylard, has said if we all use less water now it will make a huge difference in the long term.
Sutton and East Surrey Water's operations director Mike Hegarty said they regret having to impose this ban but the drought is becoming increasingly serious.
Mr Hegarty warned it could continue and said we must be mindful of the possibilty of a third dry winter.
You can check whether your local water company has issued a hosepipe ban here.
A ban against using a hosepipe across parts of drought hit Britain has come into effect since midnight.
Southern Water, South East Water, Thames Water, Anglian Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East are to enforce restrictions that will affect 20 million people.
Anyone caught using a hosepipe from within the areas covered by the ban could be fined up to £1,000.