Hosepipe bans come into effect

Hosepipe bans in parts of drought hit Britain have come into force 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.

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Labour: 'Reforms needed to protect water supply'

The hosepipe ban and water restrictions are further bad news for households worried about the weather.

We have seen the driest 12 months on record and drought conditions will become more common in future.

Lack of water could mean food prices go up, wildlife will suffer and, in the worst case, construction and energy industries affected.

The Government needs to stop dragging its feet and legislate for the long awaited reforms we need to protect our water supply.

– Shadow environment minister Gavin Shuker

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The hosepipe water restrictions

The hosepipe restrictions will affect millions of people Credit: PA

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.

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Water company's fears of a third dry winter

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.

"We have no choice if we are to protect our customers by ensuring the long-term security of their water supply."

– Mike Hegarty

Hosepipe bans come into effect in south

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.

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