Environment minister Richard Benyon has hinted there may be more water saving measures to come, should there be a continued lack of rainfall. Mr Benyon told Sky News:
"We are planning for the worst case scenario of a third dry winter. We want to make sure farmers can still produce the food we need, and that there's enough water for the energy industry."
The Minister seemed to defend companies against recent reports that one in every six litres is wasted before it reaches our taps saying:
"We're working really hard to minimise leaks. I think it's good that the economic regulator Ofwat is making sure water companies are making this a priority [...] It's not for me to defend them, but many are dealing with Edwardian or Victorian pipework infrastructure that needs replacing."
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman stressed that the restrictions are temporary saying:
"We can all help reduce the effects of drought by respecting these restrictions and being smarter about how we use water."
Millions of homeowners have been banned from using hosepipes from today as drought grips parts of the country.
Deep underground, the drying-up boreholes of East Sussex show the extent of the UK's drought problem.
20 million people across the south and east of England will be hit by hosepipe bans that have come into effect since midnight.